New law to improve superannuation visibility in a divorce

Superannuation is often the most significant asset in the property pool of separated couples. Research shows that approximately 42% of women nearing retirement have lower superannuation balances than men. Furthermore, approximately 60% of women suffer some form of...

Remote Execution of Legal Documents during COVID-19

Prior to 12 May 2020, a Will and Power of Attorney would only be validly executed in Victoria if it was physically signed in the presence of two adult witnesses. The Electronic Transactions (Victoria) Act 2000 specifically excluded Wills from being able to be validly...

How will the merger of the Family Court and Federal Court affect you?

Before the merger of the Family Court and Federal Court this year, the Family Court was used to deal with complex matters. On the other hand, the Federal Court was used to take the load off the Family Court by dealing with less complex matters. They had less formal...

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...