Statutory Will, Murder & Bankruptcy

Statutory Will, Murder & Bankruptcy

How is it that a statutory will can halt a murderer in their tracks but can’t discharge bankruptcy? A statutory will is a will made by the court on behalf of someone who lacks capacity to make or amend a will. Why would someone need the court to make a will on...
Dying Without A Will Causes Chaos

Dying Without A Will Causes Chaos

Dying without a will often leads to chaos, particularly if you have a complex family or business structure. Dying without a will means that you leave your family with no instructions about your final wishes, including your assets, your funeral plans and who should...
Charity Bequests: Should You Do It?

Charity Bequests: Should You Do It?

Are charity bequests a good idea in your will? Charity bequests occur when people leave part of or their entire estate to charities of their choice upon their deaths. The answer regarding charity bequests must often be decided by the court. In the United Kingdom,...
Elder Financial Abuse Needs National Response

Elder Financial Abuse Needs National Response

Australia’s Age Discrimination Commissioner, Susan Ryan, has warned that a national response is required in order to prevent skyrocketing rates of elder financial abuse at the hands of family and friends. “A lot of older people don’t see it...
Inheritance and Divorce

Inheritance and Divorce

If you have recently received an inheritance from your family and then you and your partner go through a divorce, should you be able to keep your inheritance in full? Or is it fairer that your ex-spouse has a claim to the inheritance too? It is interesting to note...
Does Where You Live Affect Your Will?

Does Where You Live Affect Your Will?

Does where your live affect your will? What if you make a will in one country, but live and die in another? We live in an increasingly global world, where it is not unusual for family members to spend several years or even decades in other countries due to work or...
Soul Legend’s Charity Bequest

Soul Legend’s Charity Bequest

The long-running dispute over soul singer James Brown’s estate continues to be mired in an ugly court battle over a charity bequest in Brown’s will. Brown’s fortune has been contested since his death in 2006, with fourth wife Tomi Rae Hynie Brown...
Can A Dependant Contest a Will?

Can A Dependant Contest a Will?

Can a dependant – even one you haven’t seen in years – contest your will? What if you haven’t seen a child in years and have no relationship with them? Are you entitled to cut them out of your will because you don’t have a relationship...