The process of obtaining probate

Probate is a grant made by the Supreme Court of New South Wales that ‘proves’ the Will of a deceased person and vests title to the estate’s assets in the named executor/s. This is the official process that enables the executor to legally deal with the deceased’s...

Wills for Blended Families

Making a Will is important, particularly if you are part of a blended family. A blended family is a family in which one or both partners have a child or children from a previous relationship. Careful estate planning now should ensure that all of your intended...

Have you been left out of a Will?

The loss of a family member is always a difficult time, but it can become more distressing to learn that you have not been included in the family member’s Will. Generally, a person may leave their assets to whomever they wish. However, the law recognises that there...

Estate Planning – what is an Estate Plan?

An estate plan involves more than signing a Will and storing it in a ‘safe place’. Estate planning requires a holistic approach in consideration of a person’s present circumstances and foreseeable future. A plan needs to consider who matters, what you have now, what...

Community Seminar – Elder Abuse Prevention

CECAL Seniors – one of which proposed to me during the presentation! Paul Falzon, Director of Falzon Legal spoke at this month at the Canterbury Earlwood Caring Association on the topic of preventing elder abuse. The group provides community based programs and...

The Perils of Not Making a Will

What do Michael Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Picasso, Jimi Hendrix, Stieg Larsson and Robert Homes a Court all have in common? You would be forgiven for thinking, not much. But in fact they do—all six died intestate which means, they died without leaving a Will. Even the...