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October 20, 2021—

Letters of Administration on Intestacy – Order of Priority

Written by: Duncan MacDougall
We often receive enquires from people asking if they are entitled to take control of a deceased’s estate when the deceased did not leave a…
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August 11, 2021—

Delays in administrating an estate – what’s the hold up?

Written by: Duncan MacDougall
We often receive enquiries from beneficiaries of estates, questioning the time it is taking for an executor to attend to distribution. Beneficiaries may be eager…
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June 28, 2021—

Attorney conflict transactions

Written by: Duncan MacDougall
In Queensland, an Enduring Power of Attorney allows you to appoint someone you trust (your attorney) the power to make decisions about personal (including health) matters and/or financial matters for…
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June 1, 2021—

Interim distributions from a deceased’s estate

Written by: Duncan MacDougall
A common question asked in relation to deceased estates is whether an executor can make an interim distribution of the estate assets to the beneficiaries.…
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April 27, 2021—

Estate planning – important for single parents

Written by: Duncan MacDougall
Here is a fast fact: In Australia, there were 1 million 1 parent families in June 2020 making up 14.2% of all families, with 79.3%…
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March 19, 2021—

Reviewing family trusts as part of your estate plan

Written by: Duncan MacDougall
Discretionary family trusts are a popular investment structure in which a trustee holds assets in a trust for a group of beneficiaries, usually for family…
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February 25, 2021—

Family provision applications – will I end up in Court?

Written by: Duncan MacDougall
If you have been excluded from someone’s Will, you may be eligible to make an application to the Court for a portion, or a larger…
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January 27, 2021—

Make estate planning part of your new year resolution

Written by: Duncan MacDougall
This past holiday season, you may have had the opportunity to catch up and spend some time together with family, friends and loved ones. As…
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December 15, 2020—

Enduring Power of Attorney & Advance Health Directive forms – what’s new?

Written by: Duncan MacDougall
Changes to Queensland’s guardianship laws took effect on 30 November 2020. As part of those changes, new Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) and Advance Health Directive…
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November 5, 2020—

4 myths when it comes to your superannuation

Written by: Duncan MacDougall
Considering your superannuation is an important undertaking when looking at your estate planning. To avoid unintended consequences, it is crucial that you understand how your…
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September 28, 2020—

Blended families – Questions you should be asking

Written by: Duncan MacDougall
We regularly deal with clients whose life stories include divorce, separation and children from previous relationships. Estate planning for blended families can often pose significant…
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September 7, 2020—

Administering an estate during the COVID-19 pandemic

Written by: Duncan MacDougall
The death of a loved can be hard for everyone involved and the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic may add additional stress through this difficult time. There…
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