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A DVD can be a will document

  • Piper Alderman
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  • Australia
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  • February 24 2015

On 30 January 2015 Justice Gray of the Supreme Court of South Australia held that a DVD may be a document for the purposes of section 12(2) of the

The case of the hidden “Will”

  • Piper Alderman
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  • Australia
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  • February 24 2015

The plaintiff, Mrs Burge, was the widow of the late Mr Rupert Burge (deceased) who died on 5 January 2013, aged 93. The deceased and the plaintiff

Never too old to claim

  • Piper Alderman
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  • Australia
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  • February 24 2015

The New South Wales Supreme Court recently heard an application for family provision pursuant to section 59 of the Succession Act 2006 (NSW) (Act). Mr

We ain’t gonna take it - court changes the script

  • Piper Alderman
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  • Australia
  • -
  • December 19 2014

This recent decision of the Queensland Court of Appeal deals with the power of the Court to authorise the alteration of a valid Will where the

Dismissed - no claim for granddaughter’s provision

  • Piper Alderman
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  • Australia
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  • December 19 2014

This Victorian case concerned an application for provision of maintenance and support by a granddaughter from the estate of her late grandmother

Another DIY disaster

  • Piper Alderman
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  • Australia
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  • December 19 2014

This Queensland case concerned a poorly drafted joint Will which was executed after having been prepared by the Willmakers' themselves on a

Administrator’s duties and superannuation benefits

  • Piper Alderman
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  • Australia
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  • June 16 2014

This recent decision of the Supreme Court of Queensland deals with an area of the law which has growing practical importance in view of the growth of

The Will is lost - will a copy do?

  • Piper Alderman
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  • Australia
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  • June 16 2014

When Gregory Thomas Barnes died in 2013 he was a single man and had no children of his own. An original Will for the deceased could not be located

Is the beneficiary alive - or not?

  • Piper Alderman
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  • Australia
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  • June 16 2014

When Ian Roderick Douglas died in 2013 as an unmarried man, he left a Will which had the following clause: “As to one half of the residue: for my

Further provision for adopted child

  • Piper Alderman
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  • Australia
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  • June 16 2014

The South Australian Supreme Court considered whether the adopted daughter of the deceased was entitled to further provision from her estate