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!
In case it's not already evident to my readers, I have a particular interest in family provision cases that touch on disentitling conduct or estrangement. So, it's no surprise this recent case in the Supreme Court of NSW caught my eye yesterday where a family provision application by an adult child, who was excluded from … Continue reading Excluded child’s claim dismissed: 40 years of estrangement after bitter divorce (NSW)
Recently the Supreme Court in the ACT was called to determine a question of the interpretation of a Will and subsequent amendments made to the Will by the testator on the day he died. In the Estate of Rummer  ACTSC 277, the Plaintiff called upon the Court to determine the true construction of the … Continue reading “Probable intention”: Novel rectification case in ACT
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)
This morning, I read a very interesting case that makes me think of the tasks I do on a daily basis; taking notes of my client's instructions. The case of Public Trustee v Bott  TASSC 43 involved a question of whether a File Note could be an informal document containing the deceased’s testamentary intentions … Continue reading Informal Revocation: Can a File Note be enough to revoke a Will? (TAS)
Not all that long ago, I wrote an article on a case involving a gentleman who had passed away in China. He was Australian Citizen who was resident in China for many years and he had left a note for his mum regarding his wishes to distribute some of his property which gave rise to … Continue reading Leaving a “note” for mum successfully appealed; “Note” = Will
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)