Family Will Disputes In NSW Family Will Disputes was a recent Current Affair story that highlighted the issues that can happen after you die. Stories about families being torn apart over their inheritance and even worse, stories about how much these disputes cost each family member and how this cost comes out of their inheritance. … Continue reading Family Will Disputes
Domicile Issues In Contested Wills In NSW Domicile is defined as the country that a person treats as their permanent home or lives in or has a connection with. Where a person is domiciled is an important aspect of Wills and Estates law as it can affect where and how the assets of the deceased … Continue reading Domicile Issues In Contested Wills
What Is The Interpretation of Personal Possessions In A Will? This has long been the subject of court decisions about what is included in “personal possessions” and how they are to be distributed to beneficiaries. A recent case in the New South Wales Supreme Court, Lowe v Lowe , examined the meaning of “personal effects” … Continue reading Interpretation of Personal Possessions In A Will
Australian Wills do include a “Catch Clause” and it is generally referred to as a “residuary clause” in a Will. The purpose of including a residuary clause in a Will, is to ensure that any property not mentioned in your Will, is properly disposed of without the risk of a partial intestacy arising. A partial … Continue reading Australian Wills “Catch Clause”
Same sex couples actually have the same rights as heterosexual couples when it comes to Estate Litigation. This is because of the definition of “eligible persons” under the Succession Act of New South Wales. Only people who fit into one or more of the various classes of “eligible persons” are able to make a claim … Continue reading Same Sex Couples and Estate Litigation!
If you believe that you have been treated unfairly in a Will, then you need to take action. Eligible persons, such as children, partners and dependents, are able to appeal to the Court if they believe they have been unfairly treated in a Will. In New South Wales such claims are referred to as “family … Continue reading Have You Been Treated Unfairly In A Will?
Will Disputes in NSW – How They Can Tear A Family Apart Will Disputes can tear a family apart! In the recent decision of the New South Wales Supreme Court in Smith v Smith  demonstrates the devastating and long lasting effect that Will disputes can have on family relationships. The opening statement of the … Continue reading Will Disputes – How They Can Tear A Family Apart
What is considered a close personal relationship when defining the estate of a Will? How is it different to a married or de facto relationship? What a great question. It can be very confusing trying to determine who is eligible to challenge a Will because they had a “close personal relationship” with the deceased. Under … Continue reading Close Personal Relationship – Defining The Estate of A Will
A Grant of Probate – What does “Common Form” and “Solemn Form” mean? A Grant of Probate is a necessary legal document granted by the Court that allows the Executor of the Will to deal with the deceased’s assets and debts and make sure they are distributed in accordance with the wishes of the deceased … Continue reading Grant of Probate
Disputing an Estate When You have not been in contact for a while. “I didn’t even know she had died!” Paul and Irene were in their fifties when they started living together, some 20 years ago. They made wills leaving everything to each other in 1995, but a few years later Irene developed dementia and … Continue reading Disputing an Estate after a long while!