Google’s Inactive Account Manager

Harry and his wife Patricia have been married for 20 years. They are an active young family with three young boys in primary school. Harry is a self-employed online marketing consultant who earns enough that Patricia doesn’t have to work, and …

Facebook Launches a Legacy Contact Feature

When you die, Facebook used to give your family two options – either permanently delete the site, or make the site a memorial site. There were lots of issues involved with who had the authority to make that decision, and who …

Testamentary Trusts

A testamentary trust is technically any trust that arises after you die, based on your Will. It could be a minor’s trust, a life interest, or a more complex trust that could benefit your children throughout their lives. But when you …

5 Tips for Appointing Guardians for Your Children

If you have children, you can’t leave their future uncertain. Updating our Wills is usually the item on our ‘list of things to do’ that never gets done. Quite often, if our Wills aren’t up to date, or we don’t get …

Estate Proceeds Trusts: a case study

This case study will illustrate what an estate proceeds trust is, and how it can be used when the Will was a basic Will that didn’t set up the trust itself. In this example, Nicole’s husband Daniel has died in an …

Death and Taxes

Death and taxes: often described as the two absolute certainties in life. But what happens when you die, and what taxes are payable? For now, in Australia, there is no death duty or tax payable when someone dies. We are lucky …

Financial disclosure in family law property settlement matters

When a marriage or de facto relationship breaks down, clients are often concerned about providing their financial disclosure to the other party in relation to family law property settlement matters. This concern usually relates to the idea that the other party …

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