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April 30, 2024—

Enduring Powers of Attorney – who, what, when, why and how?

Written by: Duncan MacDougall
Many people assume getting a Will in place is the only aspect to consider when getting their estate planning affairs in order. However, do you…
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March 28, 2024—

Family Provision Applications – am I considered a ‘child’ of the deceased?

Written by: Duncan MacDougall
A ‘family provision application' (FPA) is an application to the Court made by certain eligible person/s who have not been adequately provided for in a…
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February 29, 2024—

5 Benefits of Testamentary Trust Wills

Written by: Duncan MacDougall
If you are considering revisiting your Will or in the process of preparing your first one, an effective estate planning tool is including testamentary trusts…
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January 30, 2024—

Whose Will applies if my partner and I die at the same time?

Written by: Duncan MacDougall
Nobody likes to think about dying, let alone passing away at the same time as your partner. However, if a freak accident occurs and you…
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December 20, 2023—

De facto relationships in the context of estate planning

Written by: Duncan MacDougall
A de facto relationship refers to a relationship between two individuals who are not legally married, but live together and function as a married couple.…
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November 30, 2023—

Is an executor obligated to take on the job?

Written by: Duncan MacDougall
No, just because they have been named as an executor in a Will, does not mean they must accept the position. They are under no…
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October 30, 2023—

Plan your estate before the holiday season

Written by: Duncan MacDougall
As the busy holiday season is fast approaching, it is important to get your estate planning documents in order now – before leaving it too…
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October 3, 2023—

6 steps to consider before selling or transferring an estate property

Written by: Duncan MacDougall
If you are an executor or administrator handling a deceased person’s estate, there will usually be a home or other investment property to distribute as…
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August 2, 2023—

Frequently asked questions about probate in Queensland

Written by: Duncan MacDougall
When someone passes away, often a key term that arises, is probate. However, many people do not understand what it is and why it might…
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June 5, 2023—

What happens if an executor loses capacity?

Written by: Duncan MacDougall
An executor is a person appointed under a Will to administer a deceased’s estate in the best interests of the beneficiaries. However, in some situations, the…
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April 20, 2023—

10 steps to consider when making a Family Provision Application in Queensland

Written by: Duncan MacDougall
A ‘family provision application (FPA)’ is an application to the Court made by certain eligible person/s who have not been adequately provided for in a…
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February 22, 2023—

Estate planning and dispute considerations for the LGBTIQA+ community

Written by: Duncan MacDougall
Taking place from 17 February to 5 March 2023, this year Sydney is the host city for WorldPride and will celebrate Australia's diverse LGBTIQA+ community. ‘LGBTIQA+’…
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