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...
Half of New Zealanders Don’t Have A Will

Half of New Zealanders Don’t Have A Will

Half of all new Zealanders don’t have a will and it’s something that has prompted Public Trust to run a Tough Questions campaign. Public Trust’s insights suggest that New Zealand has a poor record in estate planning compared to similar countries, possibly due to...
Who Should Administer a Trust?

Who Should Administer a Trust?

Establishing a trust for the long-term care of loved ones is often a vital part of the estate planning process. But who should administer a trust? Who have you chosen to be in charge of the decisions made on behalf of the trust? When a Trust is Mishandled Lisa Marie...