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Estate planning for blended families

Most of us appreciate the importance of making a Will and having an estate plan that sets out how we would like to provide for and pass on assets to our loved ones when we die. If, like many Australians, you belong to a blended family, you may have additional factors...
15 June, 2020

Why your company needs a Shareholder Agreement

Starting a business requires careful planning and consideration. A failure to allow for unforeseen events or for ways to resolve future disagreements could put your new venture at considerable risk. The repercussions of failing to plan are clearly illustrated in a...
15 June, 2020

COVID-19 Update

You will no doubt be getting used to Corona or COVID-19 Updates from a variety of sources by now. Hopefully everyone is successfully negotiating the current environment and managing to stay safe in these difficult times. Whilst our office operations have changed a...
14 April, 2020

Legal Proceedings after Death

Did you know that if you were a claimant in any legal action at the time of your death, that such action might survive for the benefit of your estate?  Similarly, if you were the subject of a claim against you, such action might survive your death and continue against...
4 February, 2020

Your Estate Planning Documents

We are now settled into our new offices at Level 2 / 60 Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide.  If you have not visited us yet at our new offices, feel free to come and check them out. While you are here, you might want to consider a review of your estate planning documents...
4 February, 2020

Inheritances and “Problem” Beneficiaries

We often meet with clients concerned about leaving an inheritance to a “problem” beneficiary.  Common examples include an alcoholic, a drug addict, a compulsive gambler or spendthrift, a bankrupt beneficiary, a beneficiary going through a matrimonial break up...
10 April, 2019

Sperm Donation and Parentage – The High Court to Decide

The High Court of Australia has been called upon to hear an appeal regarding the legal parentage of a child “B” born as a result of an artificial insemination procedure.  In this case the donor “X” is a person known to the donee mother.  The donor’s name appeared on...
10 April, 2019

Powers of Attorney: All the same…right?

Powers of Attorney are a type of agency arrangement whereby a principal appoints an attorney or attorneys to manage their financial affairs.  Powers of Attorney created in South Australia are governed by the Powers of Attorney & Agency Act 1984.  A general Power...
13 February, 2019

A Short Word on the Importance of Digital Estate Planning

Recently, Gerald Cotton, CEO of Quadriga CX (Canada’s largest crypto currency exchange), died, age 30, taking with him the company’s “digital wallets” and their password to his grave; wiping out an estimated almost $283 million worth of crypto currency forever. A...
13 February, 2019