Your Super When You Die

Your Super When You Die

Did you know that your will cannot directly deal with your super? Superannuation is not covered by a will, and it’s important to know this because for many people, super is one of their biggest assets. While nomination forms exist to take care of this problem,...
The Estate Dispute Over a Long Lost Portrait

The Estate Dispute Over a Long Lost Portrait

An estate dispute has erupted between the relatives of former First Lady Jackie Kennedy and a New York art gallery over a painting. A long-lost portrait of a teenage Jackie Kennedy has been discovered and her family is suing to get it back. The forgotten work is...
Should Elder Abusers Inherit?

Should Elder Abusers Inherit?

Should elder abusers who financially exploit their older victims still stand to inherit the estate of the victim? In recent years, Washington and several other states in the United States have expanded their legislation to disqualify persons from inheriting when they...
Secret Child Wins Million Dollar Inheritance

Secret Child Wins Million Dollar Inheritance

The secret child of a millionaire has won a million-dollar inheritance from a hotel magnate, winning $1.75 million despite never having met his father. Edward Cameron, 27, was awarded the money after the court heard Mr Hemmes refused to have a relationship with his...
Seven Year Estate Mystery Finally Solved

Seven Year Estate Mystery Finally Solved

The seven-year estate mystery of who was eligible to receive a $1.2 million Queensland estate has been solved after an investigation to find out who the woman with no birth certificate was. Phyllis Mary Hoskin died in 2009 at the recorded age of 93 without spouse,...
Farm Succession Planning Dividing Families

Farm Succession Planning Dividing Families

If you want to ensure the family farm is passed down to future generations so that everyone benefits, it is important to start farm succession planning now. In Western Australia, three adult sons who siphoned more than $1.6 million from their elderly parents have been...
How Professionals Can Prevent Financial Abuse

How Professionals Can Prevent Financial Abuse

Elder financial abuse is a growing problem, usually carried out by family members. However, there are cases where professionals have also been charged with stealing from or exploiting older people. The biggest risk factor for older people is cognitive decline: that...
The Tragic Tale of the Lost Super Fund

The Tragic Tale of the Lost Super Fund

Who will get your super fund when you die? Did you know that superannuation is not covered by your will, and that the trustees of your super fund may distribute your benefits at their discretion? The following case highlights the importance of being very thorough and...