Court Rules Facebook Data Can Be Inherited

Court Rules Facebook Data Can Be Inherited

The Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe in Germany ruled the mother of a 15-year-old who was hit by a train in Berlin in 2012 could have access to her daughter’s Facebook account, which Facebook had locked for privacy reasons. This means that broadly speaking, your...
What is a Testamentary Discretionary Trust?

What is a Testamentary Discretionary Trust?

In estate planning, there are times when writing a will is not enough and you have to consider a testamentary discretionary trust. Writing a will is an important step in planning for the unknowable and the inevitable. Having a will is practical if you have any amount...
When Estate Planning Is Done Right

When Estate Planning Is Done Right

The recent death of UK TV personality Bruce Forsyth has revealed what can happen when estate planning is thoughtfully crafted, and when blended families can co-exist harmoniously. Sir Bruce Forsyth has left £11.5 million (Nearly AUD20.5 million) to his wife Wilnelia...
Famous People Who Died Without a Will

Famous People Who Died Without a Will

You may think that celebrities, given the size of their fortunes and access to legal advice, would ensure that they had a will dictating what would happen to their estates when they die. Yet a number of celebrities died without a will in place, leaving behind messy...
Why Artist’s Estates Often End Up In Court

Why Artist’s Estates Often End Up In Court

Why is it that the estates of famous artists end up embroiled in lengthy estate battles? One reason is a lack of planning before their deaths; another is because those left behind aren’t sure how to administer the estate; and finally, because the value of the...