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Contesting a Will: Family Provison

Contesting a Will: Family Provision Claim

The validity of a Will can be challenged for a variety of reasons.  The most common reasons are:- A lack of testamentary capacity at the time of making the Will; and Undue influence where someone is pressured to make certain provisions in their Will.  Testamentary capacity is generally having soundness …

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What is Property Settlement Mediation.

What is Property Settlement Mediation?

Here is how Property Settlement Mediation is done. There are many alternatives to resolving property settlement disputes in Family Law, commonly referred to as Alternative Dispute Resolution. These include mediation, conciliation, and arbitration. Mediation is by far the most common ADR method which parties to a family law property matter …

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Estate Planning Consultation

Do you need a Lawyer for Estate Planning?

Do you need a lawyer for Estate Planning? Writing your own Will might seem like a cheaper option now; however, it can cause problems and end up far more costly for your estate down the track.  Often handwritten or DIY Wills do not comply with the formal requirements for a …

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Children order and how can you change name of a child after marriage

Changing Child’s Name After Separation

Following separation or divorce, it is not uncommon for a parent to want to change their child’s surname. A parent may want to change their child’s name after separation or divorce for a number of reasons, for instance: So that a child feels better associated sharing the same surname as …

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Myths about separation and divorce

Five Myths of Divorce and Separation.

We often hear that individuals know what to expect because a friend, a colleague or a family member went through a separation. More often than not, the advice they have been given is incorrect or misleading. Here, the major focus is on five myths of divorce and separation. Every family …

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Property settlement in Divorce and family law.

Hiding Assets in Family Law Disputes

You may have heard someone say the line before, or maybe you have even thought to yourself – “I’ll just sell the ‘asset’ to my brother/mother/mate for a dollar”. This is quite possibly one of the most dangerous attitudes a party can have in a property settlement dispute and one …

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Estate Planning Procedure

The Estate Planning Procedure

You should ensure that you have up-to-date estate planning documents in place (Will, Enduring Power of Attorney and Advance Health Directive) to ensure that your personal wishes regarding your care and your wishes regarding your assets are upheld.   It is important to ensure your documents are valid, up to date …

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Property settlement and divorce

What is a property settlement and can you get it done before your divorce?

If you are separated and heading for divorce, consider finalising your property settlement as soon as possible to secure the best outcome for your future. What is property? Property refers to all your assets, financial resources, superannuation and liabilities. The Family Law Act defines property as being the ‘net asset …

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GPS tracking fro Domestic Violence

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN AUSTRALIA

Domestic Violence in Australia has been recognised as a major public health problem and it affects all people, irrespective of economic, educational, social, geographic or racial background.   Domestic Violence Statistics   Statistics reveal that, on average, at least one woman a week is killed by a partner or former partner in Australia and one in three Australian …

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