Does your Will do what you want it to? - Assets that do not automatically form part of your estate17 October 2016 | Family Law
Were you aware that you may not be able to give away all assets by your will? It is important when preparing your estate plan that you seek estate planning advice in relation to assets which can be dealt with by your will and assets that may not be able...
The impact of statutory wills on Family Court property proceedings8 September 2015 | Family Law
ADT v LRT  QSC 169 A recent Supreme Court case outlines the importance of careful and up-to-date estate planning. Since the introduction of the amendments to the Succession Act 1981 (Qld) (the Act) in 2006, s21 of the Act has been successfully...
Munro & Anor v Munro & Anor  QSC 6123 July 2015 | Family Law
The facts Mr Munro practised as a solicitor during his working life and died in August 2011 aged 66 years. He was survived by Mrs Munro and two adult daughters of his previous marriage. Mr Munro’s will provided for the appointment of his daughters...
What is a "letter of wishes"?10 December 2014 | Family Law
A letter of wishes (sometimes called a memorandum of wishes) is often prepared in conjunction with the preparation of an estate plan. The letter of wishes is not a legally binding document but is a document that is intended to provide you with the ability to give guidance to your executor or...
What are your New Year's resolutions?4 December 2014 | Family Law
The Christmas and New Year periods are often a time for reflection on another year gone by and presents a perfect opportunity to ensure financial and personal affairs are in order. It is also a period when we have the time to consider and contemplate our wishes.
Wills can create startling results for those left behind7 October 2014 | Family Law
The Supreme Court of Queensland recently delivered judgment in Whitla v Launchbury & Anor on 24 April 2014. The case is of interest as it demonstrates the importance of the use of technical words in a Will and how the Court’s interpretation may alter the intended outcome desired by the Willmaker.