Do I need a Will? What happens if I don’t have one?
Making a will is something most people have on their to do list. Not everyone gets around to it though. It is estimated that about 50% of Australians die without a valid Will. Do you need a Will? The short answer is yes.read more
Why Make a Will When It Can Just Be Challenged Anyway?
We are often asked the question, “Why make a Will when it can just be challenged anyway? It seems like courts do not uphold a person’s wishes even if there is a Will, so why bother?” You should definitely make a Will for many reasons. Most importantly, so that your...read more
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
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
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