Schizophrenia, insane delusions and testamentary capacity are the core features of Haim v NSW Trustee & Guardian; Estate of Feuerring  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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Friday 13 September, 2013 saw record attendance at the GDLA AGM, with a strong contingent of Robbins Watson Solicitors in attendance. His Honour Chief Justice of the Queensland Supreme Court, The Honourable Mr Paul de Jersey AC, regaled the 70 strong audience with his early days at the bar, while graciously accepting and thanking the […]
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.
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 […]