De facto relationships and Will contests

All jurisdictions in Australia provide statutory rights for certain eligible persons to contest the terms of a Will if they can show that they have been left without “adequate provision” by the willmaker. These claims are commonly referred to as family provision...
9 May, 2022

Dying intestate – the perils of not making a Will

A valid Will determines how your estate is dealt with after you die. Your Will can appoint an appropriate family member or trusted friend or a professional person or trustee company to administer your estate (your executor), nominate guardians for young children,...
24 March, 2022

Why everyone needs a Power of Attorney

Most people over 18 years of age should consider having a Power of Attorney in place. A Power of Attorney is a legal document made by a person (known as the principal or donor) that authorises one or more others, on behalf of the principal, to do anything the...
20 December, 2021

What happens when a person dies insolvent?

Insolvency in estate matters occurs when the deceased person’s estate is unable to meet its debts when they become payable and the estate assets are insufficient to meet its liabilities. These estates are administered differently to solvent estates, particularly where...
2 November, 2021

The role and responsibilities of a trustee in South Australia

A trust is a vehicle through which property is legally held by a trustee for the benefit of others. It separates the beneficial and legal ownership of property. The parties to a trust are the settlor (person creating the trust), the trustee (the legal owner of trust...
2 November, 2021

Elder Abuse

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is 15 June each year. This annual event acknowledges the prevalence of elder abuse, educates communities and individuals to recognise the signs of abuse, and encourages loved ones victims and others to speak up and to seek support and...
23 September, 2021