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21/01/2022

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...

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08/12/2021

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.

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03/09/2021

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...

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14/08/2020

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...

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12/08/2020

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...

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16/04/2020

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...

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04/10/2019

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.

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25/09/2019

Top Ten Things to Consider When Making a Will

Your beneficiaries are those who will inherit your estate assets when you pass away. You should also consider substitute beneficiaries in the event your primary beneficiaries do not survive you.

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06/06/2019

Dead Man’s Sperm

With the advent of new technology, our laws and legislation have had to catch up with circumstances where sperm can be collected from a deceased person for the purpose of posthumous insemination.

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09/05/2019

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...

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22/04/2019

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?”

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23/11/2018

$17,000 for Karinya House!

esterday we had a really lovely moment in the FGD Canberra office. We had the opportunity to present our friends from Karinya House with a $17,000 donation thanks to our FGD community!

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