Estates and Inheritance Law News

Intestate estates: what if I die without a will?

July 25, 2018

Click to Call Testimonials Find an Expert Intestate Estates: What if I Die Without a Will? Sometimes estates can be complicated enough.  For example, what happens if you don’t know whether one of the beneficiaries is still alive?  But then when there isn’t any Will at all, who has to sort it all out?  These…

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Does it matter if you think a will is unfair?

May 17, 2018

Click to Call Testimonials Find an Expert DOES IT MATTER IF YOU THINK A WILL IS UNFAIR? When a person believes that they weren’t dealt with fairly under their parent’s will because their brother or sister received more, what can they do? A recent Supreme Court decision looked at the issues that need to be…

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What can you do if your loved one can’t make a will?

January 10, 2018

Click to Call WHAT CAN YOU DO IF YOUR LOVED ONE CAN’T MAKE A WILL? – By Karin Daehn-Alabi  – If you have a loved one who doesn’t have the ability to make a will, you may be faced with some serious issues. For example, if that person has a large estate, what can be…

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Same-sex marriage laws will affect family law, wills and more

December 28, 2017

Click to Call SAME-SEX MARRIAGE LAWS WILL AFFECT FAMILY LAW, WILLS AND MORE – By Vanessa Ho – Same-sex marriage is now legal in Australia. This will mean that marriages between same-sex couples will have the same legal recognition as any other marriage and there may be significant consequences for a range of legal areas,…

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Inheritance: can I make a claim after probate has been granted?

November 7, 2017

Click to Call Testimonials Find an Expert INHERITANCE: CAN I MAKE A CLAIM AFTER PROBATE? When a man made an inheritance claim on his deceased mother’s estate, he ran into a few problems. His claim was more than two years after the grant of probate had been made and that had some significant implications for…

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Inheritance: what if I’m too late to claim?

May 17, 2017

INHERITANCE: WHAT IF I’M TOO LATE TO CLAIM? -By Vanessa Ho– If you’re disputing a will or making an inheritance claim against a deceased estate, it’s important to act quickly. This was emphasised in a recent case in which a man decided to make a claim against his deceased father’s estate. He thought he’d done the…

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DIY wills: are they really cheaper and easier?

April 15, 2017

Click to Call DIY WILLS: ARE THEY REALLY CHEAPER AND EASIER? Will kits, do-it-yourself wills, home-made wills. Whatever you call them, they’re often a topic of controversy. Why? Because if they’re not made and executed correctly, a huge amount of time and money may be required to sort things out after you’ve shuffled off this…

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Can you challenge a will if it’s not what you were expecting?

April 5, 2017

Click to Call Testimonials Find an Expert CAN YOU CHALLENGE A WILL IF IT’S NOT WHAT YOU WERE EXPECTING? When a woman was unhappy with the proposed distribution of her late Aunt’s estate, she took legal action to have the will changed. She claimed that there were suspicious circumstances surrounding how the will was made.…

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Contesting a will: are the laws fair?

March 28, 2017

Click to Call Testimonials Find an Expert CONTESTING A WILL: ARE THE LAWS FAIR? Have you ever contested a will? If you have, you’ll know that it can be a stressful exercise and sometimes the outcome may not be what you were hoping for. SALRI enquiry When a person makes a will, there is a…

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What can you do if an executor isn’t doing their job? – Part II

February 16, 2017

Click to Call WHAT CAN YOU DO IF AN EXECUTOR ISN’T DOING THEIR JOB? – PART II In the first instalment of our series on duties of executors, we looked at the circumstances in which a single executor of a deceased estate could be removed. In this article, we discuss a case that dealt with…

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