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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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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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January 29, 2014—

What is the difference between the right to reside and a life interest?

Written by: Chloe Kopilovic
A recent decision by the Supreme Court of Queensland has provided guidance on the distinction between a Will maker granting a right to reside and…
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January 21, 2014—

Compensating an Attorney when a gift in a Will is destroyed, sold or given away prior to the Will maker’s death

Written by: Chloe Kopilovic
The Powers of Attorney Act 1998 (Qld) allows the Court to compensate Attorneys when their benefit from a principal’s Estate is lost due to the…
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January 14, 2014—

Conduct disentitling – how far does a beneficiary have to go to write themselves out of a Will?

Written by: Chloe Kopilovic
I read an article recently about a man who was found guilty of the manslaughter of his mother just two weeks after she had changed…
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January 8, 2014—

Haggarty v Wood – “Testamentary contract” or a Will executed under “undue influence”?

Written by: Chloe Kopilovic
I read with interest a decision in the Queensland Supreme Court delivered on 29 November 2013 which concerned the necessary requirements for the pleading of…
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December 19, 2013—

Gundy v Eatts – Redefining “child” according to Aboriginal tradition

Written by: Chloe Kopilovic
A landmark decision in the Queensland Supreme Court was delivered on 1 November 2013 which may allow Indigenous people to make claims from deceased Estates…
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December 17, 2013—

When can the Court make a Will?

Written by: Chloe Kopilovic
Recently I read a case where the Court authorised the making of a Will for a man who suffered from dementia to such a degree…
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