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What to do if you have been left out of a Will

If you have been left out of a Will or not properly provided for in the Will, then you may be able to apply for a larger share of the estate through a process called a “family provision claim.” Broadly speaking, a family provision claim is an application to the... Read More

News for Granny Flat Arrangements

Moving in with a family member is becoming an increasingly popular option for older persons who are looking for additional care and support, without having to move into residential aged care. These family care scenarios are sometimes referred to a ‘granny flat... Read More

Unit Title Legislation Amendments

Have you recently bought a Unit ‘off the plan’ or thinking of buying a Unit ‘off the plan’ in the ACT? If you answered ‘yes’ then you should familiarise yourself with the recent changes to laws affecting Units a(and in particular ‘off the plan’ units) in the ACT.... Read More

Surcharge Taxes and Trusts Which Own Real Property

This article is relevant to you if: You have a Discretionary Trust which currently holds residential property in NSW, or which may own land in the future; orYou either currently have a Testamentary Trust Will or are contemplating having a Testamentary Trust Will in... Read More

Digital Assets and Your Estate Plan

My children laugh about my “online” presence. Whilst I have Facebook and Instagram accounts I rarely use them and I have not dipped my toe into Twitter. But I have a substantial photo library backed up to the cloud which archives photos taken by various members of the... Read More

Personal Effects and Your Will

‘Personal effects’ are your belongings. These items will come up in discussions such as ‘who gets Mum’s recipe book?’ or ‘I want Dad’s grandfather clock.’ Thelma (better known as ‘Mum’ by my sister Louise and I) had very strong views as to who should receive her... Read More

Commercial Rent Relief & COVID-19

On 12 May 2020, the Leases (Commercial and Retail) COVID-19 Emergency Response Declaration 2020 came into effect in the ACT. This instrument gives legislative effect to the Mandatory Code of Conduct previously announced by National Cabinet. It applies to leases... Read More

Residential Property & the Impacts of COVID-19

As with all aspects of our lives during the current COVID-19 pandemic, the property and conveyancing space has had to adapt significantly in recent weeks following the Federal Government’s announcement in late March of a ban on open homes and public auctions. In... Read More