Estate Battles of Famous Blended Families

Estate Battles of Famous Blended Families

The most common estate battles occur due to the increasing role of blended families within our community. Examples of famous estate battles are only evidence to support why estate planning is so important. But you don’t need to be famous for your blended family...
Mistakes Made When Making Wills

Mistakes Made When Making Wills

What is one of the greatest mistakes you can make when it comes to making wills? Well, one obvious one is to ensure that if you are part of a blended family, you’ve put considerable thought into your estate planning. The High Court in the United Kingdom...
How You Can Prevent Elder Abuse

How You Can Prevent Elder Abuse

Did you know that you can prevent elder abuse? Elder abuse is one of the most under-reported crimes in Australia and yet is on the rise as our population ages. What is Elder Abuse? Elder abuse is: “any act within a relationship of trust that results in harm to...
How A Simple Will Led To An Estate Battle

How A Simple Will Led To An Estate Battle

Why is a simple will not enough? You may think that because you don’t own anything substantial that a simple will is enough. A recent case of an estate battle that reached the Supreme Court in the United Kingdom has highlighted the need for obtaining quality and...
Elder Abuse Victims Fear Backlash

Elder Abuse Victims Fear Backlash

One of the reasons that elder abuse is so under-reported is because elder abuse victims fear a backlash from their family members. At the National Elder Abuse Conference held in Perth, Acting Assistant Commissioner Lawrence Panaia said that the criminal justice system...
Executor Disputes: What To Do Next?

Executor Disputes: What To Do Next?

An issue that leads to a growing incidence of court battles is in the area of executor disputes. When someone passes away, they will typically have a will. When someone has a will, they must nominate executors. Executors of an estate have an obligation to engage in...
How To Minimise The Effects Of Divorce On Children

How To Minimise The Effects Of Divorce On Children

Is is possible to minimise the effects of divorce on children? When parents divorce, part of the negotiations that take place is to consider the well-being of each party and arrangements that are fair and enforceable. But it’s equally important to consider the...
When & How Often Should You Review Your Will?

When & How Often Should You Review Your Will?

How often should you review your will? Signing and completing your will is not a one time deal. In fact, it is highly recommended that you continue to update and review your will long after you have first completed it. Your circumstances can change suddenly and it is...
Why You Shouldn’t Write A DIY Will

Why You Shouldn’t Write A DIY Will

You may think that a DIY will will save you time and money. It is commonly believed that creating a will is expensive and that it’s so much easier and beneficial to write and draft your own. A Will is a very important document and must adhere to a complex part...