Where the is smoke there is fire When selling property it is important to understand a Seller’s disclosure obligations with regard to safety switches and smoke alarms. Question Does a Seller need … [Read more...] about The alarming truth on smoke alarms
This article is the first in our series answering common questions about Estate and Probate disputes. Q: Can I challenge a Will if I have been left out of it, or named in it but treated … [Read more...] about Have you been left out of a Will?
The Supreme Court of New South Wales recently decided a claim made against the estate of Dr. William Garrett. Dr. Garrett was one of Australia’s most outstanding scientists. Among his many … [Read more...] about Don’t let a few beers at the pub cost you your house!
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Queensland Government has passed new regulations for signing Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney and Advance Health Directives. The new regulations allow … [Read more...] about New requirements for signing Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney
The answer is - it depends. At the end of last year, the NSW Court of Appeal considered a Judge’s finding that an 85 yr old gentleman Mr Croft, who died in 2016 retained the required capacity to … [Read more...] about Would hallucinations and cognitive impairment prevent you from making a valid Will?
If you have made an Advance Health Directive (AHD), you may be familiar with the Review section at the back of the document. Many people may have not had a look at their AHD since it was made and for … [Read more...] about Advance Health Directives vs Advances in Medical Science
In our recent post of 17 April 2020, we highlighted the requirements to be followed for a Will to be validly executed. Those requirements, in particular, include the need for the Willmaker to be … [Read more...] about Close enough? The effect of COVID-19 on signing your Will – why you shouldn’t do it without us.
In the current COVID-19 climate, it is crucial people sort fact from fiction. We have received a number of enquiries from concerned clients regarding their Wills and Enduring Powers of … [Read more...] about Close enough? The effect of COVID-19 on signing your Will & Enduring Power of Attorney
Where a person passes away with a valid Will appointing an Executor, the Executor will typically make the funeral and burial arrangements. A Will often contains the wishes of the Deceased regarding … [Read more...] about Funeral Expenses – what is a reasonable way to go?
Dying without a valid Will is bad enough but combine it with failing to make a binding nomination regarding your superannuation entitlements and the consequences can be disastrous. Many younger … [Read more...] about Don’t tell Mum – half the death benefit is gone!