You Need an up-to-date Will: Top 8 Reasons Why

A Will is a legal document in which you set out your intentions and instructions in relation to how you want your Estate Assets to be distributed after your death. Having an up-to-date Will is, therefore, an essential part of every person’s basic Estate Planning.  Wills may be basic and leave your assets to named beneficiaries absolutely … Read more

I am a Step-Child, can I contest my Step-Parents Will?

Can I contest my Step-Parents Will? With a continuing rise in “non-traditional” families in Australia, there are an increasing number of step-children seeking to contest the Will of their step-parent, if they have been left out or not adequately provided for.  It is often the case that the child’s natural parent died leaving their entire … Read more

Do time limits apply when making a Family Provision Claim?

What factors influence the success of a Family Provision Claim? In New South Wales, a Family Provision claim must be filed within twelve (12) months from the date of death of the deceased person.  We recommend notifying the executor or administrator of the estate of your claim within six (6) months from the date of … Read more

What does the Court consider when assessing a Family Provision Claim?

What factors influence the success of a Family Provision Claim? Once the Court has established that the applicant is an “eligible person”, the Court then considers whether the deceased person’s Will has made adequate provision for the applicant’s proper maintenance, education and advancement in life.  If the Court determines adequate provision has not been made, … Read more

The importance of a business valuation in a Family Law property division

Around 70% of Australia’s 2.1 million businesses are family owned.  This means that family businesses are commonly involved in a property division dispute when a couple separates.  Very often, both parties have worked hard and endured sacrifice to help the family business along.  When a marriage or de facto relationship breaks down, the family business … Read more

What is Child Support?

Child Support is one of the most complicated and contentious issues for separated parents. Child Support can be very confusing to understand and can cause ongoing tension between separated parents, especially as Child Support is payable until a child turns 18 or finishes high school (whichever happens later). What is Child Support? Child Support is … Read more

What about my Self Managed Super Fund?

Many couples choose to invest in their superannuation via a Self-Managed Superannuation Fund, rather than in the usual types of superannuation funds such as industry funds.  Often that is done on the advice of their accountant or financial advisor, either for asset protection purposes, or because it is considered that the type of investments they … Read more