Estate and family law planning for the ‘great wealth transfer’

Lawyers are seeing an unprecedented demand from clients for wealth protection plans to ensure their legacy is carried out upon death.

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The complexities of granny flat interests

Granny flat arrangements can address socio-economic issues but complex legal and financial issues can arise when parties fail to document their arrangement.

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Family Law Act reforms: An important moment for ICLs

Changes to the Family Law Act will come into effect on 5 May 2024. There’s a new mandatory requirement for independent children’s lawyers to meet…

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Is it safe enough? Changes to the Family Law Act

A critical analysis of the significant reforms intended to help simplify a complex family law system.

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Corporate structures and complications in family law settlements

When dealing with family law settlements, practitioners should obtain expert advice on corporate structuring and how to divide property in a tax effective manner.

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Busting the trust: Property under section 79 Family Law Act

It is uncertain when a court will find a spouse’s bare rights under a discretionary trust are capable of constituting property under s 79.

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Understanding coercive control: Recent Family Law jurisprudence

Reforms criminalising coercive control are expected to commence mid-2024.

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Duel to the death: De facto relationships and disputes over inheritance

Spouses obtain preferential entitlement on intestacy. Determining the existence of a de facto relationship is a complex exercise.

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‘Best practice’ when acting for spouses in property transactions

When acting for married couples in a property transaction, it’s best to obtain instructions from both clients even if one spouse is more proactive.

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Removing the stigma: Access to family and domestic violence leave

Family and domestic violence leave aims to provide victims of family and domestic violence financial stability yet many are unaware of its existence.

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