In early 2015, new laws relating to Will challenges were introduced in Victoria. These amendments created new eligibility requirements for making an estate claim. The Supreme Court recently endorsed a broad definition of a “stepchild” to include a child of the deceased’s domestic partner.
For many families, experiencing the grief of losing a beloved family member is compounded by having to negotiate stressful litigation due to the lack of a current legal Will. As the new year gets underway, it is advised that you take the time to review or prepare your estate planning to ensure some peace of mind for the important people in your life.
“Need” or greed? The question of “financial need” in claims for further provision from deceased estates
In the recent Supreme Court decision of Ligeti v Ligeti  VSC 448 Judge Keogh dismissed a daughter’s application for further provision out of her late father’s estate. Taking into account the daughter’s significant financial resources (including assets valued in excess of $2,000,000), Judge Keogh held the deceased adequately provided for her proper maintenance and support.