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Is Your Ex-Spouse Entitled To Make A Claim On Your Estate? Ryan v Harrison [2020] QSC 267 and the ex-wife who thought she could.   26 years before his death, Brian Harrison got divorced to Therese Ryan, and just like in 1000’s of other divorces before and since, proceedings were issued and a Family Court order was […]…
ARE ALL YOUR CHILDREN REALLY EQUAL? The equality problem and the hotchpot clause solution to unequal distribution of your estate. Written by Lindsay Chan Despite the usual family jokes about the favourite child, when it comes to estate planning, parents will usually go to great lengths to ensure all their children are treated equally in […]…
Family Provision Claims: Why They’re Important for Adult Children of Previous Relationships. Haertsch V Whiteway [2020] If you’re an adult child from a previous marriage then chances are you’ve faced a number of dilemmas over the years; who to spend the holidays with, who sits where at the wedding and how to become part of […]…
Martha Terre- Blanche had witnessed far more injustice in her 82 years than others and sought to remember those who had made those unbearable situations more bearable when she sat down to write her will. Born in 1924 in Greece, an only child, both her parents were killed in a Nazi concentration camp. Martha fought […]…
 Years ago I had a client whose story was sad and believable. She came across as being kind-hearted and a bit naïve. She had an elderly spinster aunt who didn’t have many friends and was all alone in the world. This elderly (and rapidly ageing) aunt persuaded my client to give up her job and devote her time […]…