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Key decisions

  • Lowe v Lowe [2015] NSWSC 38
  • Re RB, a protected estate family settlement [2015] NSWSC 70
  • Steiner v Strang [2015] NSWSC 14

Wills and estranged spouses

The family law/wills and estates crossover continues to be important. Failure to obtain instructions for the execution of a will limiting the provision for an estranged spouse before the dissolution of the marriage can result on intestacy in the estranged not divorced spouse taking the whole estate. There was a recent report in the Sydney papers of an estranged spouse receiving the whole of a $600,000 estate even though the family law property settlement had been concluded.

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