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Ex-husband prevented from double-dipping in his former wife’s estate

2 Mar 2016

In a recent Supreme Court case Justice McMillan ordered the making of a statutory will (court-made will) on behalf of an elderly woman, giving her estate to her children and grandchildren. The court upheld the statutory will in spite of a challenge made by the woman’s ex-husband who already received $1.73 million under a family law settlement with his former wife.

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

30 Nov 2015

Having an up to date Will and Enduring Power of Attorney are important ways to provide piece of mind to your family in the future. A well thought out Will and Enduring Powers of Attorney can avoid costly litigation arising from poorly drafted or out of date documents.

Calculating the 6 month time limit for claiming further provision from a deceased estate

30 Sep 2015

A recent Supreme Court case clarified the precise method of calculating the 6 month time limit for bringing estate claims. This decision highlights the importance of seeking immediate legal advice to ensure your estate claim is made within time.

The Harsh Consequences of Failing to Finalise a Will

24 Jul 2015

In the recent Supreme Court case Robinson v Jones [2015] VSC 222 Justice McMillan refused an application for probate of an informal will. This decision highlights the importance of seeking legal advice to ensure your will is properly drafted and executed.