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5 Lessons to be Learnt from Larry King's Estate

With a net worth of $50M, news anchor Larry King allegedly penned a Will on 17 October 2019, which has become the source of many questions and may cause legal headaches for his...

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Can you make promises to someone then make a Will that does not reflect those wishes?

Over the past week, you would have come across various news articles about a Sydney couple who inherit a $40million estate from their neighbour. You have even wondered, how on...

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Are Online Wills too good to be true?

Online Wills can be convenient, however they can present a number of problem. In this blog post we explain what these problems are and why an online Will is often too good to be...

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What happens to a persons assets if they die without a valid Will?

When a person dies their assets have to be dealt with. Assets held in joint names as joint tenants such as the home will automatically become the property of the surviving joint...

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I am in a same-sex de facto relationship - do I need a Will? 

Having a Will is especially important if you are in a same-sex, de facto relationship. In this situation, if you don’t have a Will, it is quite possible that your partner will not...

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What are Informal Wills?

The making of a Will is the usual way for a person to ensure that their estate will be passed on after their death according to their wishes. However, a Will must satisfy certain...

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Yours, Mine and Ours - Estate Planning for Blended Family

A significant proportion of Australian families might fall into the category of “blended families”, which is a family where parents have a child or children from previous...

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Our Dad passed away but we don't want to follow his Will - Deed of Family Arrangements

It is common for children to change the terms of their parent’s Will so that one sibling receives a particular asset in its entirely and pays the other sibling an agreed sum of...

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Advanced Care Directives: revisions to the law

Serious concerns have been raised by health practitioners about the difficult and conflicted position they are placed in when caring for patients who had attempted to take their...

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