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Solicitor verses Public Trustee Fees

When it comes to having a Will prepared I have said many times it is wise to use the services of a solicitor.  The cost is usually a bargain compared to the peace of mind that comes from having a properly prepared Will.  I know there can be attractive alternatives to...

Dealing with a Deceased Estate

When someone passes away, after the grieving process, consideration needs to be given to what must be done in relation to the Estate.  That is, what to do with the deceased persons assets.  The first thing to do is to locate the Will.  Hopefully the deceased person...

Changing Family Law Property Orders

When married or de facto couples separate it becomes necessary for them to divide their property or assets.  This can be a particularly stressful time and often neither party ends up entirely happy with the property division.  Sometimes a party may agree to accept a...

Apprehended Violence Orders

An Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) made by a court is intended to restrict a person’s behaviour, to protect another from physical violence, stalking, harassment or intimidation.  Often they result from domestic relationships gone wrong but may also involve an...

Wills & Extended Families

I often sit with clients wanting to make a Will who have remarried, or repartnered as they say in the courts. One tricky issue that inevitably arises where each partner has children from a previous relationship is how to ensure your own children will be looked after...

Do I Need A Property Settlement

When a couple break up often the first question, after the emotional turmoil that usually accompanies a breakup, is do we need to do a property settlement.  While this can occur between parties in any case, by simply splitting assets, the question is more one of do...

Marriage Revokes A Will

Keeping your Will updated is important, especially when there are changing circumstances and particularly when that changing circumstance is your marriage.  The reason for that is a marriage revokes a Will, subject to some exceptions, for any bequests, that is gifts...

Legal Steps To Buying Real Estate

Many people don’t understand the steps involved with purchasing a property, especially in the case they are from another state as each has different procedures.  It is usually an exciting and emotional time when buying, which is often a new home for the family and so...

De Facto Financial Agreements

With the statistics showing the number of marriages in decline it would be safe to assume relationships of a de facto nature are increasing.  The reason for this could be the subject of some debate but I believe the disputes between parties breaking up over who gets...

Co-Ownership Of Land

When you buy real estate your name will be registered on title at the Land Titles office.  If you are buying as individuals, as opposed to a company or other entity, with another person, or other people all names would be on title usually as Tenants in Common. ...

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