Thinking of registering a relationship in Queensland?

Have you thought about what effect this might have on your will or power of attorney? That is, if you have a will and power of attorney which, hopefully, you do! Many people would like to enjoy the experience of committing to their chosen person in a way that provides...

Who will look after your children if you die?

Susan burst into tears when I asked her who she would want to look after her children if she died when they were still young. I was taking instructions from Susan and her husband Peter in preparation for drafting wills. Susan’s reaction was extreme, but it reminded me...

More on court ordered wills

The recent Queensland Supreme Court judgment of Re Matsis; Charalambous v  Charalambous & Ors [2012] QSC 349 is a perfect example of the developing use of a statutory innovation which provides the Court with the power to order that wills be made for people without...

All in a day’s work: QLS Succession Law Conference

I just got home after attending the 11th Annual QLS Succession Conference. As always, this was a great opportunity to learn more about new issues, cases and trends in succession and elder law, along with a great opportunity for me to catch up with southern colleagues....

You don’t need a lawyer to make a will???

Lately I’ve had a disturbing number of new estate administration clients who have the difficult task of being faced with a will that it invalid on its face. These estates involve wills that have either been written by the deceased (or a family friend) or made with a...