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Clearing the cloud

Practitioners and willmakers need to consider the management of digital assets in estate planning but may face challenges including a navigation of jurisdiction, individual company policies and practical considerations.

By Lizia Lim & Kathy Wilson


Feature Articles

Don't let it haunt you


Don't let it haunt you

If there is one file that might be cross-examined, or come to be considered by a Supreme Court judge, it is a will file. It is important to take instructions for a will that won't come back to haunt you. 

By Mark Maier

Proof of death in the global age


Proof of death in the global age

Where missing persons are believed to be dead, the burden of proving their death is significant. Now that we are in the digital age, the common law principles for establishing death require review. 

By James Daly

Where there's a will


Where there's a will

Following a recent Court of Appeal decision where the Court confirmed the trial judge's finding that suspicious circumstances arose to cast doubt on a willmaker's approval of his will, this article looks at processes that may assist solicitors when preparing wills for elderly or infirm clients. 

By Justin Rizzi and David Sonenberg

Beyond the four corners of the will


Beyond the four corners of the will

With costs pressures and the commoditisation of will drafting, solicitors need to take a holistic view of estate planning. 

By Elizabeth A Michael

Containing the quantum of costs


Containing the quantum of costs

Plaintiffs can no longer assume costs will be paid from the estate, with an increasing tendency to apply general costs principles to unsuccessful Part IV claims.

By Lizia Lim

It's super important


It's super important

Failing to properly understand how superannuation is dealt with on a client's death may result in the client's intentions as to payment of superannuation death benefits not being followed. 

By Troy Palmer

A matter of trust


A matter of trust

Legal practitioners who provide estate planning advice to clients where the financial structure includes one or more discretionary trusts* have different options to consider. 

By Greg Russo

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