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
Wills and Estates
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?
If you have recently moved to QLD from another Australian State or Territory, it may be time to review your Will and Enduring Power of Attorney. The legislation regarding Wills and Enduring Powers … [Read more...] about Is it time to review your Will and Enduring Power of Attorney?
It is often the case that executors live far and wide and that is usually not an issue in estate administration. Care must, however, be taken before appointing an overseas resident to be the sole … [Read more...] about What if my proposed executor lives overseas?
This is the fifth in our series answering common questions about Estate and Probate disputes. I am often asked whether a “Homemade Will” is sufficient and whether it will “do the job”. It is a … [Read more...] about Is my “Homemade Will” enough?
This is the fourth in our series answering common questions about Estate and Probate disputes. We are often asked about the need to obtain a Grant of Probate as part of the administration of a … [Read more...] about Do I need to get Probate?
This is the second in our series answering common questions about Estate and Probate disputes. Challenging the validity of a Will is different to challenging a distribution under a Will - which was … [Read more...] about The Will’s not valid!!!
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!