Christine Smyth Blog

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Schizophrenia, insane delusions and testamentary capacity are the core features of Haim v NSW Trustee & Guardian; Estate of Feuerring [2013] NSWSC 1406 (17 September 2013) This recent NSW decision on testamentary capacity is interesting, not only because of the mystery of the missing/non-existent beneficiary, but because the testator did not outwardly exhibit signs of […]

BRADY BUNCH OR ADDAMS FAMILY – Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (Qld) – STEP Seminar

BRADY BUNCH OR ADDAMS FAMILY – Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (Qld) – STEP Seminar

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Accredited Specialist Christine Smyth is presenting a seminar for the Queensland Branch of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners,  on issues arising when Succession Planning intersects with Family Law. This seminar provides a briefing for succession practitioners on aspects of family law that impact directly on succession planning. http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=a16438093ab362a61906a64c7&id=c34fe2813b&e=bce3475603 Click here to read more […]

Include a Charity Week

Include a Charity Week

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September 16 – 22 marks ‘Include a Charity Week’, a week to raise awareness about leaving a bequest to a not-for profit organisation.  Include a Charity is a network of over 140 charities collaborating together to raise awareness amongst Australians about how easy it is to leave a charitable gift in their will. Redkite (www.redkite.org.au) recently brought […]

Young Frankenstein

Young Frankenstein

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What does young Frankenstein and Inheritance Law have in common?  Not a lot, other than this very funny black and white scene of “the reading of the will”  which appears to have been deleted from the final version of the film:- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jr8xYH9ork8&sns=em Click here to read more blogs of  Christine Smyth.

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HAS YOUR EXECUTOR LOST CAPACITY? IF SO BEWARE THEIR ENDURING POWER OF ATTORNEY MAY BE GRANTED PROBATE OF YOUR WILL.

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Many clients approach their will as a “set and forget” exercise.  There is much commentary as to why testators ought to review their wills regularly.  Much of this commentary centres on the changes in financial circumstances.  What is not commonly contemplated, are changes relating to the appointment of executor.  Where it is considered, the focus […]