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22/08/2017

Family Law Questions: Superannuation and long service leave – whose is it?

Family Law Questions: It is common for one party to accumulate more, or sometimes all, of the superannuation that the parties have at the end of their marriage? Unfortunately it is also common for that party to think that the super is theirs and theirs alone. After all, in their...

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17/08/2017

Compromise

Compromise – the give and take in every relationship. Each day couples make decisions, take actions and give concessions to keep their relationship working. However when relationships end, people can become aggrieved at past actions of their ex that they reluctantly agreed to or which they allowed to occur despite...

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09/08/2017

The danger of DIY Binding Death Benefit Nominations

The danger of DIY Binding Death Benefit Nominations We regularly see clients to discuss their estate planning. This includes discussions about their Will, Enduring Power of Attorney and their superannuation (among other things). Superannuation is often a client’s most significant asset, so they (and we) are particularly concerned to ensure...

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02/08/2017

Family Court Judge’s letter to a child

On social media this week I found a link to an English judgement where His Honour Mr Peter Jackson (of suit shop fame, in Australia) of the England & Wales Family Court wrote a judgement in the form of a letter to the young person involved in the case of...

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31/07/2017

Family Law Mediation – what to expect

After months (or weeks, or days, or years!) of waiting, you have finally got a date for lawyer assisted family law mediation with your partner. We want to give you some insight about what to expect.

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27/07/2017

Divorce Advice: Helpful or downright dreadful?

No one marries with the plan to divorce down the track (well, very few people). Once you have made a commitment to share your life with someone (til death do you part), divorce is the farthest thing from you mind. But if it comes around (and unfortunately it does) you...

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26/07/2017

Patrick proofing your estate plan!

Now that the Proudman family is back on our TV screens you are more than likely to find a few Offspring fanatics discussing the latest episode in our office kitchen on a Thursday morning. Whilst I hope your life is nowhere near as unlucky as Nina’s, there is one big...

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24/07/2017

What happens to my estate if my children get divorced?

Your Will allows you to give assets that you personally own to those persons that you nominate. Often these people include your children. But what happens if your children get divorced? If one of your children has received assets from you after your death, those assets will be part of...

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18/07/2017

Family Violence – A change in legislation?

Last night I was reading an article published by Huffington Post in relation to new proposed amendments to the Family Law Act 1975 with respect to the cross-examination of parties in matters where there are allegations of Family Violence. But what are the proposed changes? How would they be implemented?...

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17/07/2017

Mental Health Initiatives Supporting Lawyers & Clients

Reading a recent ABC news article online about Lawyers and mental health made me reflect on the positive initiatives implemented by Farrar Gesini Dunn.

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13/07/2017

FGD Announces 17 Promotions! (and 70% of them are women)

Farrar Gesini Dunn is pleased to announce the promotion of 8 of our solicitors to the position of Associate Director, 7 of our solicitors to Senior Solicitor and 2 of our administration staff to Paralegals. The promotions reflect our firm’s core values. Some of the highlights include: Our employees enjoy...

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10/07/2017

Is there such a thing as a Basic Will?

Back in 2014, we were told that the Australian Capital Territory had the highest divorce rate in Australia, with the average marriage in the Territory lasting 13.6 years. Now however, we’re told that according to Census data, the ACT has the lowest separation rate of the states and equal second...

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