How much does a Will cost?

A Will is like everything else – you get what you pay for. Asking “how much does a Will cost?” is a lot like asking “how much does a house cost?”. There is no simple answer.  When making a Will, you …

Indirect Inheritance

In a recent decision of the Public Trustee WA v Mack, Master Sanderson of the Supreme Court of Western Australia considered the unusual question of whether an individual (“A”) is entitled to inherit from the estate of another person (“B”) where …

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 …

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