12 June 2018

Brady Bunch version 2.0




If only all blended families were are harmonious as the innocuous and disarmingly pleasant Brady Bunch. There are so many complex dynamics that are unique to the blended family – balancing provision for a second spouse against that for children from the first marriage, keeping step-children provided for who are often dependent and preventing favouritism […]

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7 June 2018

What we do now echoes in eternity




We talk a lot about the concept of legacy – what you leave behind. And it is more than houses, and cars and bank accounts, although those things matter greatly to those who inherit them. Legacy is about the footprints you leave on this planet – the mark you have made. Sometimes it is powerful […]

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23 May 2018

The rise of the machines




Every day I seem to see a new article about how artificial intelligence (AI) will make most professions, lawyers included, redundant. I recall reading Richard Susskind’s fascinating bestseller ‘The End of Lawyers’ about 10 years ago.  Susskind, a ‘futurist’, was even then predicting the demise of lawyers as computer power continued to expand and lower level […]

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25 April 2018

Villers-Bretonneux, Anzac Day 2018 dawn service and the concept of legacy




I am so privileged and honoured to be in Northern France for the dawn service of Anzac Day this morning. I’m even more fortunate to be here side by side with my father in law Bruce and brother in law Sam. There are ten thousand of us here from around the world, all struggling to […]

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12 April 2018

Why raiding a lawyer’s office is a really, really big deal




FBI agents raided the New York office, home and hotel room of Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen yesterday, well reported here. As any lawyer will tell you, this is a very big deal. When clients see us, everything they (and we) say in our meetings and phone calls are whats known as legally professionally […]

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3 April 2018

Trump and his Non Disclosure Agreements




Donald Trump seems to have a sort of Midas touch, but in reverse – everything he touches turns to controversy. The latest of these is about Non Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) which are a routine aspect of any legal dispute that resolves by way of settlement or compromise.  And in particular, the NDAs signed by women who […]

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28 February 2018

What to consider when choosing an executor, trustee or guardian




The Executor and Trustee of your Will is a person, or persons, who you appoint to carry out your wishes as contained in your Will.  They must apply for a grant of probate of your Will which means they must prove they are who they say they are, how much the estate is worth and […]

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22 February 2018

The forfeiture Rule on the front pages




As we reported late last year on this particular story we were very pleased with the decision in this case as we acted for the beneficiary who ultimately received all the estate. As we said then, we say again now – it was the right decision of the Court. Inheritance is very often a strange […]

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5 February 2018

Who can contest my Will and how do I best protect against estate litigation?




When it comes to who can actually challenge your Will in WA, the list includes parents, married spouses, de facto spouses, ex-spouses in some cases, children, grandchildren and step-children.  Notably absent are siblings, cousins, carers, friends and everyone else.  If they are not on the above list, they cannot challenge under the Family Provision Act. […]

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1 February 2018

The power of an Advance Health Directive




A remarkable article from the New Yorker here, deeply troubling, horrifying but also one that probes very significant questions on when a person is dead, or not. A young girl suffers irreversible and catastrophic brain injury from what looks like medical malpractice from a tonsillectomy, in a California hospital. Which is horrifying enough, but then […]

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