Family Law

Battle of the Wills: properly executed Will prevails over home-made Will

There are significant risks associated with failing to leave a valid Will. The executor of an informal Will is faced with the expensive task of applying for probate of the informal Will. In a recent case, the court rejected an application for probate of an informal Will, in circumstances where the deceased left an earlier, properly executed Will.

Costly reminder: Plus GST is not an optional extra

The saying that God is in the detail is particularly applicable in this case. Details do matter and in this case, failing to comply with the plain and clear details of the Sale Contract and making the assumption that “GST” was the same as “plus GST” cost the vendor $290,000.

Divorce and Nullity in Australia – When to Seek Legal Advice

Applying for divorce in Australia is usually straightforward, but not always! Three recent cases from 2017 highlight the importance of seeking legal advice in relation to marriage and divorce.

Breaking the law to retrieve a child snatched by a parent

Over 200 Australian children are abducted every year by their own parents and taken overseas, usually as a result of a custody battle.

Listen to MST Lawyers’ Senior Associate and Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, Amanda Humphreys, as she interviews with Andrew West of the ABC Radio National’s Summer Breakfast answering questions about child abduction