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Duties of an Executor

June 12, 2018

The Executor of your Will is the person appointed by you who becomes responsible in carrying out the terms of your Will and your wishes. Choosing who to appoint as your Executor is not an easy task. The duties of an Executor can be time-consuming and at times confusing. This is especially true for family…

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Will Challenge:

When to Worry, and What to Do.

May 21, 2018

You would probably be surprised to learn how often we are asked about whether a particular family member can challenge a Will. In my experience, when clients raise concerns about their family “black sheep” and whether they can challenge, they feel somewhat embarrassed and usually like their family is different. But the reality is that…

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Verification of Identity (VOI)

May 14, 2018

As of January 2018, all conveyancing transactions require a Client Authorisation Form (“CAF”) to be completed by the parties to the transaction along with a Verification of Identity (VOI) check. A face-to-face ID check is required for real estate transactions in Australia. ZipID is our preferred ID option who comes to you at home or…

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PEXA – Online Conveyancing

May 14, 2018

The world of paper settlements and paper conveyancing is coming to an end. Victoria is now moving to an online system of e-conveyancing also known as Property Exchange Australia (PEXA). e-Conveyancing minimises the manual process and paperwork associated with property settlements by enabling lawyers, conveyancers and financial institutions to transact together online. It allows lawyers…

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What is a Discretionary Testamentary Trust (DTT)?

April 26, 2018

In essence, a DTT is a structure that can be put in your Will that can save your beneficiaries from paying unnecessary tax, and may offer other protections to your beneficiaries as well. Under a Will with no DTT, everything passes directly to your beneficiary – let’s say your spouse. In simplistic terms, your spouse…

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Reasons to Update your Will

April 16, 2018

Already have a Will in place? That’s great! Did you know that there are many life changes that can occur which will result in the need to update your Will? Planning to get married? Just got married? One very important life milestone is marriage. If you have decided to get married since doing your Will…

Legal Will Kit Issues

Top 5 reasons your Legal Will Kit

might cause problems

March 26, 2018

Let’s face it – most of us are time poor, and most of us are reluctant to spend extra money where it seems like there is a less expensive alternative. Preparing your own Will from a Will Kit seems to address both of these – easy to do at home, and a lot less money…

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What happens if you die without a Will? Intestacy Laws in Victoria

March 5, 2018

Should a person die without a valid Will an “intestacy” arises. This means that the deceased’s estate would be distributed as per rules set out in legislation. Some of the downfalls of intestacy include not having control over who benefits from your estate, who administers your estate or who is appointed the guardian of your…

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Upcoming changes to Medical Powers of Attorney

February 22, 2018

Currently there are two Enduring Powers of Attorney in Victoria: An “Enduring Power of Attorney”, which allows you to appoint one or more people to make financial and personal matters on your behalf. The scope of this document is quite broad. An “Enduring Power of Attorney (Medical Treatment)”, which allows you to appoint one person…

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Unsent SMS can be considered a Will!

October 23, 2017

Would you have thought an unsent SMS could be a Will? Well, the Courts think so! Have a read of this fascinating article to see how that came about.  It goes to show the importance of making sure a Will is done properly. Whether or not the gentleman in question actually intended his unsent SMS…