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    Can handwritten notes on a Will be valid?

    By Andrew Frank on Sep 6, 2019 12:57:46 PM

    The recent decision of Estate of the late James Sundell [2019] NSWSC 1108 highlights the issues and complexities that surround making handwritten amendments to a Will after it has already been signed.

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    When a Will is made in suspicious circumstances

    By Andrew Frank on Aug 22, 2019 5:10:00 PM

    If you are concerned that a Will was signed in suspicious conditions, you are able to challenge it. The NSW Court of Appeal in its recent decision of Mekhail v Hana; Mekail v Hana [1] had reason to consider this question and identified the major legal principles to be considered for a suspicious Will.

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    Succession Planning and Company Constitutions

    By Andrew Frank on Jul 31, 2019 11:53:10 AM

    There is much more to succession planning than simply putting in place a generic Will, and a Power of Attorney and Guardianship appointment document.

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    What to do when an Executor puts the Estate in jeopardy

    By Andrew Frank on Jun 6, 2019 11:08:10 AM

    The sense of loss and grief after losing a loved one is heightened when the Executor seems to be unwilling or is unable to process the Will by applying for the grant of probate. A delay can see the assets devaluing.

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    4 Benefits of a Testamentary Trust Will

    By Andrew Frank on May 21, 2019 4:16:00 PM

    A Testamentary Trust Will is used to give a legacy to one or more beneficiaries by utilising a trust for each beneficiary.   

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    Why we don't recommend Mutual Wills

    By Andrew Frank on May 20, 2019 12:32:37 PM

    What is a Mutual Will?

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    Can an Enduring Power of Attorney act in their family's best interests?

    By Andrew Frank on Apr 24, 2019 1:29:47 PM

    This article uses the matter of Reilly v Reilly [2018] NSW CA 322 to outline what an Enduring Power of Attorney is able to do without express power.

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    Joint Ownership for Property

    By Andrew Frank on Apr 16, 2019 4:05:59 PM

    When partners purchase a property together they are known as joint tenants. The most important legal concept in joint ownership is survivorship. So, what does that mean?

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    Are the assets of a Testamentary Trust included in a property settlement?

    By Andrew Frank on Apr 4, 2019 4:53:16 PM

    It is an interesting scenario when considering if the assets of a testamentary trust should be treated as property in a divisible pool of assets in a family law dispute. More commonly these issues have been considered in relation to inter vivos Discretionary trusts.  There is however, a series of family law cases which help to establish key principles.

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    How many anniversaries do you need to have until you have a claim on your de facto partner's estate?

    By Andrew Frank on Apr 2, 2019 4:16:54 PM

    In the matter of the Estate of Hawkins; Huxtable v Hawkins [2018] NSW SC 174, Mr Justice Lindsay was asked to consider whether the Plaintiff could successfully bring a claim against the estate of her de facto partner when the relationship was of only 3 years standing.

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