It’s likely been in your news feed recently that an unsent text message was held by a Queensland Court to be a valid Will. It may seem quite unbelievable to some that this would even happen! On the other hand, maybe it doesn’t? Reviewing the comments that appear in many of the media articles online … Continue reading The Unsent Text Message Will: Is it really that simple? No – it’s really not!
Admittedly, it's not something that one regularly thinks about, but the issue of incapacitated people making Wills is a topic that achieves much discussion nowadays. Where a person doesn't have a Will, whether by choice or otherwise, the law provides what I like to call a "back-up plan" or formula, if you will, of how … Continue reading No Will, no way?: Court refuses application for statutory Will in large estate (Qld)
Imagine if you had a child with your partner and the relationship failed, resulting in your separation and shared parenting relationship. Then, your former partner passes away. How much did you depend on your former partner for support or help? "Support" or "help" can be pretty subjective words when it's this kind of scenario. You … Continue reading “Child Support”: Effect on earning capacity and meaning of “Support” in an FPA (Qld)
We live in a different age. We live in a world where blended families are a common fixture within our communities. I, personally, know many beautiful blended families and I'm sure many of my readers do also. In fact, I'm sure there are some of my readers that may know blended families that are closer … Continue reading Important Amendments to Qld Succession Laws: a sign of the times
For those of my readers who are not familiar with estate litigation matters, it is common for parties to apply to the Court to "sign-off" on negotiated outcomes following a private mediation. This is particularly so where the estate property is comprised of real property. As such, I thought it worthwhile to write a short note on the latest case of Roberts … Continue reading A Shared Life: Family provision claim by same-sex defacto of 30 years
Relationships and tragedy are a complex maze of emotions. In the very sad case of Gore v Rouse  QDC 98, Mr Gore was tragically killed in a tree lopping incident at the home of his de facto partner, Mrs Rouse. Mr Gore was 63 years old. Mr Gore was survived by three adult children, Tracey (from his first marriage), … Continue reading Competing Relationships: Needs of De Facto vs Adult Children
I'm always curious as to any judgement dealing with will kits or proforma wills. I have every suspicion we will see more of these as the years go on. Recently the Court had to determine what a testator meant in the matter of Rhodes v Rhodes (as Executor of the Estate of Cecil Ronald Rhodes) & Ors … Continue reading Worldy Wisdom: Why a pro forma will still ends up in Court