Witnessing Documents During Social Isolation
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 previosly 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
Truffles and a Will – two things that should be on your shopping list, not your bucket list!
Recently the FGD Estates team hosted an intimate event at The Truffle Farm which was an opportunity for us to treat a small group of our professional contacts to a really memorable event. We all loved it and came away with some unexpected parallels between truffles and estate planning.read more
5 Legal Benefits of Marriage Equality, from a Family Lawyer’s Point of View
Marriage Equality in Australia is now a reality. But what benefits have same sex couples gained from this change in the law? Other than the fact that they are finally being treated as equal citizens, there are actually some important legal benefits as well. Here are 5 key benefits for...read more
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.read more
Are prenups binding in Australia?
What are prenups in Australia? Something I commonly hear when talking to non family lawyers is: “I’d like my clients to protect their assets from divorce, but prenups aren’t binding in Australia…” Well actually, they are! Prenups (or as we know them: Binding Financial Agreements – BFA’s for short) ARE...read more