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

 LIV Professional Development 21 Sep 2017

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

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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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Burial rights out of step
Burial rights out of step

 VLRC 01 Mar 2017

People should have the right to decide what happens to their body when they die, the VLRC recommends. A man bought two adjacent burial plots, one for his wife and the other for himself...

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

 Melissa Lirosi 22 Feb 2017

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

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The probate caveat conundrum
The probate caveat conundrum

 Carol McOmish and Michel Margalit 01 Oct 2016

Two recent Supreme Court decisions highlight both the need for caution when lodging a caveat and the costs consequences when a caveat does not have a proper basis....

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Funeral and burial instructions
Funeral and burial instructions

 Michelle Whyte 04 Feb 2016

The LIV has been actively involved in policy and law reform in elder and succession law. Members of the Elder and Succession law committees have...

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