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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

Avoid nasty taxation surprises in family law settlements

There can be significant differences in the taxation consequences of certain family law related orders or settlements and deciding who keeps what. Unique opportunities in the family law environment can enable a couple to lawfully restructure their business and...
9 May, 2022

A guide to Shareholder Agreements

A company constitution is usually drafted in a standard format and may not provide adequate protection for shareholders in the event of a dispute between them or where issues arise not sufficiently covered in the constitution. A shareholder agreement, properly...
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

Divorce, de factos and superannuation splitting

Once a married or deface couple separates, their superannuation (Super) is treated as property of the marriage or relationship under the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) (FLA) and the value of the couples’ Super benefits will be taken into account when determining a property...
24 March, 2022

Does your superannuation policy cover you for disablement?

Many of us are guilty of not carefully reading the clauses in our superannuation fund deed and other documents and are just content to let our employer make fortnightly contributions and hope that we have enough money put away to retire on if the time ever arrives....
7 February, 2022

Parenting arrangements following separation

Following a separation parents do not necessarily have to go to court regarding the care arrangements for their children. As a matter of principle our clients are encouraged to try to reach an agreement if possible without the need to resort to the Family Law...
7 February, 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