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22/05/2017

I DID IT MY WAY: The case against Will Kits

Why should I come to see a lawyer to do a Will – can’t I just get a Will Kit? This is a question that I am often asked as an estate planning lawyer. 

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12/05/2017

But my friend said…. (Family Law, it’s personal)

Families and therefore family law, are inherently personal matters. Just as no two families are the same, no two family law matters are the same.

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10/05/2017

Same sex ‘marriage’ and ‘divorce’

If you marry your same-sex partner overseas, what happens if you separate? How do you divorce? And what happens if one of you dies?

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04/05/2017

Will a family trust protect your assets against divorce?

Trusts have many uses, particularly for tax, (just ask your accountant, they love them!) and while it is true that trust structures can make a property settlement more complicated, having a trust does not guarantee you can protect those assets from a claim by your ex.

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27/04/2017

Binding Financial Agreements and Estate Plans

When I am engaged to draft a Binding Financial Agreement (BFA) (which sets out what happens to their property in the event of separation) clients are often surprised when I ask about their estate plan.

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24/04/2017

The key traits of great family lawyers

There’s a handful of character traits that most, if not all, family lawyers will claim to possess in their marketing pitches to potential clients.

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13/04/2017

Can recordings be used in Family Law proceedings?

We often have clients ask us whether they can use recordings of conversations with their former partner or children as evidence in their family law proceedings.

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16/11/2016

Preserving the Peace – from a Melbourne Family Lawyer

When I tell people that I’m a family lawyer, the first thing I’m often asked is “oh I bet you must hear some interesting stories, does it get really nasty?”

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26/05/2016

“Can I keep my engagement ring?”

Who keeps the engagement rings after separation? The answer is, it depends… Part 2: What happens to the engagement ring after marriage and divorce? In the previous blog post, we looked at the law for what happens to the engagement ring for couples who get engaged, but then who call...

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12/05/2016

What Women Need – Superannuation

Women need superannuation Let’s be honest, superannuation is definitely not the most attention-grabbing topic we can discuss. But here’s the thing. Unless you like eating baked beans in your retirement, superannuation is really ­important. The problem for women is that their careers can be characterized by a pattern of broken...

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11/03/2016

Decision Making When You’re Going Through a Separation

Decision Making When You’re Going Through a Separation Guest Post for Farrar Gesini Dunn by Scott Malcom from Money Mechanics Confident decision making as you are going through a major life event can be difficult. With divorce emotions can be raw and the vision or plan for your life has...

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09/02/2016

Meet You Lawyer Part 2 – The Meet

Meet your lawyer Part 2 In last week’s blog I talked about why going to see a family lawyer for the first time can be a nerve-wrecking idea but by the end of the initial appointment they can help clients to feel a sense of empowerment  and allow them to...

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