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An Unsent Text Message Can Count as a Will – But at What Price?

In Re Nichol; Nichol v Nichol [2017] QSC 220, the Supreme Court of Queensland ruled that an unsent text message on the mobile phone of a deceased person, could be treated as a Will pursuant to section 18 of the Succession Act 1981 (Qld).

The effect of the text message was to bequeath the deceased person’s Estate to his brother and nephew, rather than to his wife of one year, with wh

Brisbane Family Law Centre's 2017 Pantomime

We are excited to announce our Principal Solicitor, Ms Fiona Kennedy, will be playing the part of "Kazza" in Brisbane Family Law Centre's "Cinderella, Queen of the Desert" pantomime.

The pantomime also stars Her Honour, Justice Margaret McMurdo, playing Irma Meena (Cinder’s step-mother) and esteemed family law barrister Jennifer

An Insight into Special Disability Trusts

Special Disability Trusts can be established to great benefit for vulnerable people with a disability. Bill Delaney shares his expert insight into how Special Disability Trusts operate.

 

Changes to the Succession Act 1981 – bringing defacto relationships into line with marriages

Kristy Schaeffer and Bill Delaney discuss the implications of recent amendments to the Succession Act 1981

From 5 June 2017 a number of changes to the Succession Act 1981 came into effect (pursuant to the Court & Civil Legislation Amendment Act

Olympic Plans

Recognising an Unsustainable Plan before it is Put into Practice Gives Confidence the Future is Manageable

In the lead up to a global sporting event like the Olympics, fans will jump on the internet to find out exactly when their favourite event will be

Ghazel and Gay Marriage

Family Court Rules Monogamous Marriage from a Country that Allows Polygamy Still Valid in Australia

In Ghazel v Ghazel and Anor [2016] FamCAFC 31, the Full Court of the Family Court of Australia ruled that a monogamous marriage from a count

Case Guardians

Appointment of case guardian in family law proceedings

When husbands and wives or defacto partners separate, most parties will seek independent legal advice, negotiate a settlement and execute a document to formalise their agreement (either Consent Orders or Binding Financial Agreement). However, if one of the separating parties lacks the capacity to make their own decisions, then further steps are required to be taken in order for the Court to be satisfied that the settlement is just and equitable.

New Regulations Establishing Governance for Not-For-Profit Sector

Established governance standards for entities registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) have now been finalised (NB Entities that are registered charities are automatically registered at the ACNC)

The governance standards are set out in the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Amendment Regulation 2013 (No. 1)(Regulations). The Regulations will require compliance by registered entities from 1 July 2013, although transitional arrangements will operate until 1 July 2017 in some circumstances.

Drafting A Will

Considering Availability of Assets When Drafting a Will

Delaney & Delaney administers many deceased estates, acting for the executors of Wills.  On behalf of the executor, we collect the net assets of the deceased and distribute them in accordance with the Will.

It is common nowadays for people to deposit funds in various investment organisations who invest the funds for the investor, and in return, the investor receives dividends and sometimes a weekly pension.

Expert Advice In Family Law

Adducing further expert evidence in family law proceedings

In property proceedings before the Federal Magistrates Court, an Order was made by the Court to appoint a joint expert to value a block of land.  Following the release of the joint valuation, the husband disputed the value based on the significant difference in value between the jointly appointed valuation and an earlier valuation obtained by him.  The difference in value was $210,000.00.

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