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June 15, 2022—

Considering the risk of elder abuse in your estate plan

Written by: Duncan MacDougall
On 15 June each year, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) highlights one of the worst manifestations of ageism and inequality in our society –…
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March 25, 2014—

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Will – What conditions can be placed on bequests?

Written by: Chloe Kopilovic
I have been reading about the administration of the Estate of Philip Seymour Hoffman, who tragically passed away recently. His Will made a number of…
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March 20, 2014—

Darveniza v Darveniza & Drakos as Executors of the Estate of Bojan Darveniza & Ors – A landmark case for Family Provision Applications

Written by: Chloe Kopilovic
I read with interest a decision recently handed down in the Supreme Court in the matter of Darveniza v Darveniza & Drakos as Executors of…
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March 20, 2014—

What happens to my HELP education debt if I pass away before paying it off?

Written by: Chloe Kopilovic
I often receive enquiries as to what debts a person’s Estate must pay, and what debts do not form part of the Estate. The debts…
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March 14, 2014—

Questions of capacity – when there are suspicions about a Will maker’s capacity at the time of making their Will

Written by: Chloe Kopilovic
I recently read an article from the UK about an elderly lady who committed suicide, leaving her £250,000 bungalow to her doctor’s daughter, and the…
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March 6, 2014—

The top four reasons why you should not use a DIY Estate administration kit – Part 4

Written by: Chloe Kopilovic
In this series, I have addressed the first three reasons why I believe you should not use a DIY Probate or DIY Letters of Administration…
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February 28, 2014—

Rights of Adopted Children in Estate Litigation

Written by: Chloe Kopilovic
Recently I received an enquiry from a woman whose son’s biological father had passed away. The woman’s second husband (then the boy’s stepfather) had adopted…
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February 12, 2014—

My loved one has passed away – how do I know if they had superannuation?

Written by: Chloe Kopilovic
I recently received an enquiry from someone who was trying to deal with an Estate where the deceased had died without a Will. Among other…
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February 4, 2014—

The top four reasons why you should not use a DIY Estate administration kit – Part 3

Written by: Chloe Kopilovic
In my third instalment of this series, I would like to address why it is important to obtain legal advice when completing the administration of…
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