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Values and preferences for future medical treatment
Values and preferences for future medical treatment

 Bill O'Shea and Rebecca Park 01 May 2018

A new act to consolidate medical treatment laws and ensure a person’s values and preferences are followed came into force in Victoria on 12 March 2018...

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Informal wills
Informal wills

 Phillip Barton 01 May 2018

Since 1997 it has been possible for informal wills to be admitted to probate in Victoria on the basis that the deceased intended that a document or documents...

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Supreme Court judgments
Supreme Court judgments

 Professor Greg Reinhardt 01 May 2018

The applicant was an adult son of the deceased, Genevieve Davison, who died in April 2014. The first respondent was the administrator of the intestate estate of the deceased...

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Will it be right?
Will it be right?

 Legal Practitioners’ Liability Committee 01 Mar 2018

Mistakes in the preparation of wills can be avoided with careful proofreading...

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Seven weird wills from around the world
Seven weird wills from around the world

 LIV Professional Development 20 Feb 2018

From the weird to the wonderful, here are seven of the most unusual will requests from around the world...

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Top tips for drafting wills for blended families
Top tips for drafting wills for blended families

 Melissa Lirosi 15 Feb 2018

Drafting wills for blended families comes with its own unique challenges. Practitioners are faced with finding practical solutions for clients...

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Working on wills
Working on wills

 Georgia Murphy-Haste 01 Dec 2017

Since 2016, Sparke Helmore has provided wills clinics for Aboriginal people in rural and regional Australia. The initiative was established to address the concern that around 70 per cent of burial disputes...

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Estate and Succession Planning
Estate and Succession Planning

 Nathan Yii 14 Nov 2017

Estate and succession planning is more than just the preparation of Wills and powers of attorney. Lawyers advising on estate planning need to carefully manage taxation issues, asset protection, and family provision as well as the risk of assets being transferred...

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Top tips for drafting wills for blended families
Top tips for drafting wills for blended families

 Melissa Lirosi 02 Nov 2017

Drafting wills for blended families comes with its own unique challenges. We asked Allan Swan, Director of Estate Planning Equation and author of CCH service Australian Estate Planning, his top tips for drafting wills for blended families.

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Risks to executors in distributing estates
Risks to executors in distributing estates

 LIV Professional Development 03 Oct 2017

Distribution of an estate is a time-sensitive and often stressful endeavour. For lawyers practising in succession law, this part of the job presents several unique risks and considerations...

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Opportunity Knocks
Opportunity Knocks

 Katie Miller 01 Sep 2017

Technology is delivering legal services while lawyers think. With this comes the opportunity for change – automated legal services are not simply digital replicas of analogue legal services...

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Who qualifies as issue?
Who qualifies as issue?

 Justin Rizzi 01 Jul 2017

Depending on when a will was made, the legal term “issue” can have different meanings. This is the first of a column which will provide practical guidance and tips for practitioners working in succession law...

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Family Law judgments
Family Law judgments

 Robert Glade-Wright 01 Jun 2017

Kennon – Wife’s evidence of family violence should not have been excluded for imprecision – Weight to be given to it was another matter...

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Stay on the estate
Stay on the estate

 Legal Practitioners' Liability Committee 01 Jun 2017

Practitioners handling estate matters should not get involved in family disputes. As disputes between family members arise frequently in estate matters...

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Ethics Committee Rulings: Executor conflict
Ethics Committee Rulings: Executor conflict

 Ethics Committee and Ethics Liasion Group 01 Apr 2017

Legal Profession Uniform Law Australian Solicitors’ Conduct Rules 2015 – Rule 27. A solicitor who was the sole executor of the estate, solicitor for the estate and a material witness was not...

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