How do I get a copy of a Will and who is entitled to obtain a copy of a Will in Australia?
The death of a family member is distressing. Dealing with a challenge to a Will, family contesting to a Will, or uncertainty about what the Will means can compound that grief. Our clients will often come in to see us not knowing what the Will says or what the previous...read more
Time Limits and Family Provision Claims
Those who are considering challenging a will by making a family provision claim need to be aware that time limits apply within which their application must be made. Each State and Territory has its own legislation governing family provision claims. Some jurisdictions run the time from the date of death while others run the time from the date of the grant of probate or letters of administration.read more
Leading Wills, Estates & Succession Planning Lawyers – Canberra, 2021
The Wills and Estates team at Farrar Gesini Dunn is pleased to announce that we have been recognised again in the respected Doyle’s Guide Listings for 2021. Our Estates Director, Timothy Morton, has been personally recognised as a Preeminent lawyer for Wills, Estates and Succession Planning and a Leading Lawyer...read more
Farrar Gesini Dunn’s team has been recognised again in the prestigious Doyle’s Guide listing for 2020.
We are pleased to announce that the Farrar Gesini Dunn’s team has been recognised again in the prestigious Doyle’s Guide listing for 2020. We have been recognised at the highest levels ever since the list was published for the ACT. Farrar Gesini Dunn’s Estates Director, Timothy Morton, has been personally...read more
Covid-19 – Electronic Signing and Remote Witnessing of Legal Documents via Audio-visual Link
Given the unprecedented times we are experiencing, we all reflect on our lives and whether we have done enough to ensure our plans are robust to withstand an uncertain future. This may include one’s estate planning. In our article in these uncertain times we have got you covered, we outlined...read more
Challenging a Will in the Australian Capital Territory
A key concept in the law of Wills is the freedom to divide your estate as you see fit. In the ACT, if a willmaker had capacity to make a Will, intended the document to be a Will, knew and approved of the Will’s contents, and was not subject to...read more
Farrar Gesini Dunn’s Estates Team Recognised Again in Doyle’s Guide
We have built and developed our practice to offer the highest quality legal advice in the areas of Wills, estate planning, probate and estate administration. We are committed to doing things differently and providing the kinds of services our clients want.read more
Beware of the DIY Will
We have written previously in our FGD blog about the dangers of using a DIY Will Kit. However, cases such as that of the Estate of Peter Reid highlight the extent to which it could all go pear-shaped if a Will is done incorrectly. The deceased, Mr. Reid, left a...read more
Burial, Cremation and Funeral Arrangements – Does what I want really matter?
One of the questions often asked in the context of estate planning in general is “Are my wishes actually going to be carried out?”read more