Featured Wills, Estate Planning & Probate Blogs

Did You Know That You Can Place a Caveat Over a Grant of Probate?

Most people associate the word caveat with restraints over land and certificates of title. When you use that word in relation to a deceased estate, it actually relates to the Will of

Prenuptial Agreements

A prenup (Binding Financial Agreements) allows you to enter into an agreement with your partner and set your own rules for the division of property in the event of separation.

Approximately Half of All Australians Don’t Have One: A Will!

John was a 40-year-old male who had been in an on and off de facto relationship with Mary for approximately 6 years. John and Mary had bought a house together and had a young

Wills: To DIY or Not to DIY?

I’ll never forget reading the handwritten Will prepared by a European-born lady who named her only son as her ‘executioner’. I am pleased to report that he did not carry out that request by

What if You Want to Leave Someone Out of Your Will?

Leaving assets to someone in your Will is simple, but what if you don’t want someone getting a share of your estate? Australian law makes it impossible to completely prevent a

Do You Have a Mortgage? Do You Have a Will?

A recent study surveyed 1,000 Australian mortgagors and found that nearly half (48%) of those surveyed do not have a Will. 18 to 40 year olds said they were motivated to get a Will after

6 Interesting Facts About Your Will

If you own anything, and you want a say in who gets access to it when you pass away, then it is recommended you have a Will. Here are 6 interesting facts about your will:

Who Decides if You Will Be Buried or Cremated?

A loved one has passed away. Who will arrange the funeral? What will happen with the body – burial or cremation? The answer may lie in the Will. A carefully prepared Will appoints an

Special Disability Trusts

A primary concern of parents who have a child with a disability is how their child is going to be supported when they pass away. With a properly prepared SDT in place, it will cover the

What You Need to Know About Marriage, Divorce & Your Will

Marriage and Divorce can be an overwhelming experience, especially when taking into account your estate planning. So here are a few things you may not know about Marriage and Divorce,

5 Beliefs That Can Be Very Costly to Your Estate

You are probably aware that a properly drawn Will is designed to deal with your assets once you have passed away. Most Wills appear to be fairly straightforward, however, many Wills and

Power of Attorney & Wills

Most people know that a power of attorney authorises another person(s) to deal with your financial affairs in the event that you are unable to do so yourself. If you own a business and

Testamentary Trusts: What is a Testamentary Trust?

A testamentary trust is a trust which arises upon the passing of the testator and is created by his or her Will. There are many reasons why you may opt for a Will creating a testamentary trust over

Challenging a Will

If you have been a dependent of someone who has died then this information is for you. When a person passes away, the law leaves it up to that person to decide how their assets will be shared

What is an Executor & Choosing an Executor

When preparing a Will, you are required to choose an executor or executors who will be responsible for the administration of your estate. It is important to choose the right person for the