For a Will to be valid, it must meet certain formal requirements. In broad terms, the Will needs to be in writing, signed by the person making it before two witnesses. So, what happens when a … [Read more...] about
Have you made (or are you intending to make) a gift to a charity in your Will? What if the charity ceases to exist? This issue recently faced the Queensland Supreme Court for … [Read more...] about As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled
Recently, our firm assisted in a matter where the original Will of our client’s late father could not be located. Our client could only locate a copy of the signed Will. The Court ended up … [Read more...] about Do you know where your original Will is?
People are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of having in place a Binding Death Benefit Nomination to dictate who receives their superannuation on death. Your superannuation is not an … [Read more...] about The Superannuation Nomination has expired and the member has lost capacity!
This is the third in our series answering common questions about Estate and Probate disputes. It is a common feature of estate planning for a person to appoint someone to act for them in the event … [Read more...] about The attorney sold the house!
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.
So you have made a Will but where exactly is it? In the top drawer? In the filing cabinet where all the “important documents” are kept? In a box in the shed since the last time you moved … [Read more...] about Will the First Job for your Executor be a Game of “Hide and Seek”?
Summer in Australia is typically associated with sun, surf and cricket. The original Ashes urn, believed to contain the ashes of a burnt cricket bail, is presently in Melbourne, for only the third … [Read more...] about And you thought a game of cricket decides who gets The Ashes!
This is the third article in our series detailing steps you can take to reduce (or perhaps entirely prevent) a challenge being made to your estate. As we have previously discussed, any estate plan … [Read more...] about Where there’s a Will… (Part 3)
In Queensland, there are three main categories of people who can contest a Will. The spouse, the child and the dependant. Families come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and with blended families … [Read more...] about Can my step-children contest my Will?