Should An Heir Receive a Life of Luxury?

Should An Heir Receive a Life of Luxury?

A recent case heard in the United Kingdom has those watching wondering whether a marital life of luxury ought to be continued once one of the spouses dies. Should an heir have the right to a life of luxury? Construction tycoon Ian Wooldridge died in a helicopter crash...
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,...
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...
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,...