Are you establishing a ‘foreign’ discretionary trust?

Are you establishing a ‘foreign’ discretionary trust?

Discretionary trusts have long been a cornerstone of business, asset and wealth structuring though their benefits of protecting assets and allowing income to be streamed to beneficiaries in the most...

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What property passes under my will?

When clients cast their mind to the future and look to preparing their estate plan there is often confusion about what property actually forms part of their estate.  This article addresses some...

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Changes to Enduring Power of Attorney and Advance Health Directive Forms in Queensland

From 30 November 2020, the Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) and Advance Health Directive (AHD) forms that have been used for nearly 20 years in Queensland will be replaced by new versions. These...

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What if I unexpectedly die without a will?

For younger persons the thought of death may not have crossed our minds as death seems far from us. But unexpected things happen, accidents may occur, sudden health issues or a pandemic may hit, that...

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How to write a will during the coronavirus pandemic

Can I make or change a Will during the present coronavirus pandemic? We have been inundated with enquiries in regards to the preparation of Wills, enduring powers of attorney and enduring...

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Contesting a Will – What to do if you have been left out?

With the ever changing social dynamics around us, it is becoming more apparent in the average Australian family space that people are contesting Wills. So what does this mean for you? As you are...

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Wills and Estates: An annuity may not be adequate provision for proper maintenance and advancement for a widow

What does it take to make adequate provision for proper maintenance and advancement in a will? Is it a matter of moral duty or community standards? The answer to those questions depend upon a range...

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The Rectification of Wills

What happens when the intentions of the testator are not reflected in the will? This situation can arise from many reasons-but more commonly from poor drafting or miscommunication. This arose...

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The Pitfalls of Do It Yourself Wills

The purpose of drafting a will is to ensure that your assets are distributed according to your wishes when you pass away. As such wills and estate planning may appear straightforward particularly...