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A Divorce Lawyer Has Responsibilities beyond the Courtrooms

A Divorce Lawyer Has Responsibilities Beyond The Courtroom

For some people who are about to embark on divorce proceedings, they may assume their lawyer is only crucial for court representation. In reality, the dissolution of marriage is a process that comprises numerous moving parts. Thus, your divorce lawyer will have additional responsibilities other than simply being your court representative.

FIND OUT THE REAL IMPORTANCE OF ESTATE PLANNING AND HAVING A CURRENT WILL

Why do you need a Will? If you die without a Will the law says you have died “intestate”, this means that you have left no valid instructions as to how your property will be distributed.  Your estate will then be divided up according to a formula in the legislation. Why do you need an […]

5 Common Family Law Myths

Our family lawyers chime in on their top 5 family law myths that you may not know about… A Couple need to live together for 6 months to qualify as a de facto relationship. We hear this one a lot, and we don’t know where it comes from! The Family Law Act says that in […]

Have You Been Left Out Of A Will?

Don’t lose hope just yet! Your lawyer may be able to help by what is known as a Family Provision Claim to the Court. (Traditionally these claims were known as ‘Testator & Family Maintenance’ Claims). The well-known Bosch Lecture Theatre at Sydney University is a monument to this area of law. Mr Bosch donated all […]

Wills and Estate Planning October 2, 2015

Brisbane Wills: Would you like to leave your Tattoos to your children? Make a will today!!

This is now possible in the USA. (source) It is now here, the National Association for Preservation of Skin Art (NAPSA), USA. It is quite simple really. Any ‘inked’ American can make a contract with NAPSA and within 18 hours of their death they will arrange for the areas of their skin that are inked to […]

Wills and Estate Planning January 28, 2014

DIY WILL KITS

The importance of engaging a properly qualified and experienced Solicitor to undertake your Estate Planning Review and prepare your Will is well illustrated by the Supreme Court of Queensland decision in the case known as in the Will of Ethel Florence Panigas (deceased) and in the Will of John William Panigas (deceased). In that case […]

Wills and Estate Planning January 16, 2014

EXECUTORS TAKE CARE

A recent decision made in the Courts of Victoria highlights the importance of comprehensive Estate Planning and the need for Executors to take particular care when they are dealing with an Estate in which they may have a conflict of interest. In the case of Caruana and Ors v Caruana the son of the deceased […]

Wills and Estate Planning October 11, 2013

WHY SHOULD I REVIEW MY WILL

Once we have completed a Will for a client we always advise them to keep the Will under regular review. There are numerous reasons why it might be necessary to amend the terms of your Will, perhaps the most obvious is simply that you change your mind about what you want to happen to your […]

PREPARING WILLS AND ESTATE PLANNING

The rapid recent expansion of internet based accounts and personal websites creates a new issue to be considered when undertaking the preparation of a Will or planning for the Administration of your Estate. It may well be appropriate for your Executor to access certain online accounts, particularly bank accounts or accounts with financial institutions which […]

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