Optional Extra: Court held exercise of Option to Purchase not done properly

Will making is sometimes pretty complex work. The plan will always be unique to a person’s wishes and the personal circumstances.  Every so often, I receive instructions from clients to include an ‘option’ for one of their family or friends to purchase their property. Usually, this is because they’re trying to balance at least two … Continue reading Optional Extra: Court held exercise of Option to Purchase not done properly

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Wife support: FPA by widow dismissed with costs (NSW)

It is a suggestion that arises throughout many estate disputes that the claim of a widow on an estate should be paramount to those of other family member who survive the deceased person. However, as each case is determined on it's merits, this is not always the case. Yesterday, the Supreme Court of New South Wales … Continue reading Wife support: FPA by widow dismissed with costs (NSW)

FPA 7 years out of time: Allowed on Appeal (WA)

In an unusual case published a few weeks ago, the Western Australian Court of Appeal allowed an extension of time for an adult son to bring a claim against his late father's estate 7 years after the time limit expired. The claim was dismissed at first instance and the adult son appealed asserting 9 different … Continue reading FPA 7 years out of time: Allowed on Appeal (WA)

Selfless surrender: defacto partner applies for Statutory Will to benefit mother and sisters (NSW)

  Sadly, it's not often I read of a case where the applicant/plaintiff's endeavours lack self-interest. Given the nature of estate litigation, generally in a good portion of the cases, self-interest takes a front seat.  Of course, that doesn't mean to say that it is greed or something sinister that drives a person to take … Continue reading Selfless surrender: defacto partner applies for Statutory Will to benefit mother and sisters (NSW)

The Unsent Text Message Will: Is it really that simple? No – it’s really not!

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!

“An amount equivalent to” a Retirement Village Exit Entitlement in a Will

With an ageing population and more testators residing in retirement villages with either freehold or leasehold interests at play, I found this case particularly interesting. The case of Suthers v Suthers [2015] QSC 285 involved a gift to the daughter of the testator of an amount of money equivalent to an amount received by the estate from the sale of the testator's … Continue reading “An amount equivalent to” a Retirement Village Exit Entitlement in a Will

Buyer beware: engaging lawyers that “complicate things”

I hear comments in society all the time such as "lawyers complicate things" or some variation of that. I can entirely understand why people think this, but it's generally not true. It's probably because we ask lots of questions and likely those questions are things you probably didn't think about. BUT that's our job. Some … Continue reading Buyer beware: engaging lawyers that “complicate things”