Scope widened for Will challenges by stepchildren

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.

‘Tis the Season to Update Your Will and Enduring Powers of Attorney

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.

Dying without a Will – costs, conflict and chaos

24 Oct 2016

Failing to prepare or update your Will can create a nightmare for your intended beneficiaries if your circumstances change . Marriage, divorce, superannuation, trust and other business structures need to be carefully dealt with in your Will to avoid conflict and legal obstacles to administering your estate.

“Need” or greed? The question of “financial need” in claims for further provision from deceased estates

26 Aug 2016

In the recent Supreme Court decision of Ligeti v Ligeti [2016] 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.