Succession Planning And Wills & Estates

When a person dies their Will comes into effect to deal with their estate, but what happens if both parties/ parents/ business partners die at the same time? Whose Will takes first effect? The Succession Act 2006 regulates how an estate is distributed upon the death...

Pet Custody Following A Relationship Breakdown

Pets are often treated as another member of the family, so what happens if you separate from your partner? Who gets your beloved pet? It is a common misconception that when there is a relationship breakdown, pet disputes are treated as a custody battle. There is no...

Dangerous Dogs and Dog Attacks

We all love our pets but it is important when owning a pet that we are both responsible and aware of the repercussions if that pet injures someone in a public place. The Domestic Animals Act 1994 outlines the provisions surrounding a person being injured as a result...

When do you need a Will?

Dying without a legal Will can lead to unwanted disputes between your family and loved ones. Losing a loved one is already emotionally taxing and stressful without the added pressure of trying to determine how a person would like their assets distributed. A Will is a...

Divorce and Marriage Breakdown

Couples who have been married, can make an application for divorce in the Family Court or Federal Circuit Court to have financial and parental matters between them decided following the breakdown of their marriage. Generally speaking, the Family Court deals with more...

What are some Pre Court Dispute Resolution Processes?

The most common form of dispute resolution process before resorting to Court proceedings is mediation. Mediation is also often required by the Courts after proceedings are initiated, to try to get the parties to resolve or narrow the issues in dispute before a hearing...

What Happens to Your Inheritance When You Separate

Are inheritances a marital asset required to be shared with your spouse post-separation? Many people are unsure how an inheritance will be treated if they separate from their marital partner. Recently a client asked me whether a potential future inheritance would have...

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