Mutual wills

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Mutual wills are different to, though related to, mirror wills. Mirror wills are wills, usually between spouses, which are basically identical except that that the spouses’ functions and bequests with respect to each other in each will are reversed. Mirror wills may or may not be made pursuant to an agreement between the spouses that…

Wills on ABC Radio

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An interesting interview by Ian Henschke this Tuesday morning on ABC Radio 891 dealing with wills – second marriage wills, disputed wills, unequal treatment of beneficiaries (which Ian referred to as sibling equity), family disputes, Inheritance Family Provisions Act claims. The costs of running a dispute in relation to a will are in the thousands…

First major case to consider PPSA priority rules

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The first big decision on the PPSA dealing with the PPSA priority rules between a registered security interest and an unregistered interest has been handed down. In Maiden Civil v QES [2013] the NSW Supreme Court found that a registered security interest had priority over an unregistered interest, even though the unregistered interest was that of the owner….

The NBN and Disruptive Technology

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Although the Internet has existed in one form or another for about 50 years, it is only in the last 15–20 years that we have seen the widespread emergence of the World Wide Web and its integration into nearly every aspect of modern life. We are now starting to see the disruptive consequences. I suspect…

How Much Does a Family Lawyer Charge in Australia?

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If your marriage has ended, you probably want to know how much a family lawyer will charge for conducting a property settlement (that is, negotiating how to divide the property of the marriage and attending to all the necessary formalities). We’ve prepared an estimate based on a typical property dispute below, excluding GST and court…