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New Year, New Look de Groots!

New Year, New Look de Groots!

We are excited to announce that over the last several months our eager communications and management teams have been working behind the scenes to create a new look and feel for the firm. The teams have been working tirelessly to revitalise and revamp both our...

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Heir tight | December 2020

Heir tight | December 2020

In our December "Christmas" edition of Heir tight we showcase some of our latest blog posts written by our lawyers, recent case updates, as well as staff news and achievements. Read more here. Keep your eyes peeled for our next edition in March 2021.

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How Strong is Your Will Power?

How Strong is Your Will Power?

So, you have a will? Great! The next question is, is it up to date? Not only is it important to have a will in the first place, but it is as equally important to ensure it is kept up to date whenever your circumstances change. Have you recently purchased a new home? A...

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Don’t Let Will Making Scare You This Halloween

Don’t Let Will Making Scare You This Halloween

The legal jargon and process surrounding the making of a will (or any estate planning document for that matter) has the potential to cause considerable confusion for those who aren't familiar with the procedure. The good news is we are here to help. You will see...

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Estate Litigation Checklist – Contesting a Will

Estate Litigation Checklist – Contesting a Will

There are a number of factors which are important and should be considered when contesting a Will. In New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria, making a claim for provision from a deceased person's estate is commonly referred to as contesting a Will or making a family...

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What Happens to Your Social Media Accounts When You Die?

What Happens to Your Social Media Accounts When You Die?

In the past two decades, the use of social media has grown rapidly. In fact, recent statistics show that almost 80% of Australians have a social media account. But what happens to these accounts when the social media user dies? Do they automatically disappear or do...

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Heir tight | September 2020

Heir tight | September 2020

In our September 2020 edition of Heir tight, we showcase some of our latest achievements, blog posts written by our lawyers and staff announcements, as well as recent case updates. Click here to read our full newsletter. Keep your eyes peeled for our Christmas edition...

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Staff News – Kylie Joubert

Staff News – Kylie Joubert

Our Kylie Joubert was yesterday admitted as a Lawyer of the Supreme Court of Queensland. Kylie’s admission comes after studying a Bachelor of Laws through the University of the Free State, South Africa and the completion of an International Transfer Year through the...

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Estate Planning and Philanthropy

Estate Planning and Philanthropy

Philanthropy features in estate planning in a number of ways. 1.  Provisions in a will There is an increased willingness and capacity of our clients to make provision for charities in their wills. Often the charity will be one which has assisted the family in the past...

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Protecting Your Child’s Inheritance and Financial Agreements

Protecting Your Child’s Inheritance and Financial Agreements

If you are concerned about protecting your child's inheritance from a future divorce or relationship breakdown, you are not alone. It is a common concern of many of our clients. While most clients report good relationships with their sons in law and daughters in law,...

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Contesting a Will in New South Wales

Contesting a Will in New South Wales

If you have been left out of a Will in New South Wales (NSW), you may be eligible to contest it. In this section, contesting a Will refers to bringing a claim for provision from the estate of a deceased person (rather than challenging the validity of the deceased’s...

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Testamentary Trusts

Testamentary Trusts

Testamentary trusts can be an excellent tool for your estate plan and are simply trusts that are drafted into your will and established once you pass away. There are many different types of trusts that can be created by your will and tailored to your specific...

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Estate Planning and Your Pets

Estate Planning and Your Pets

Pets play an important role in many families and often little thought is given to what will happen to them if they are unable to care for them, but it is definitely something they should consider. If you are a pet owner, you will need to consider who you want to take...

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Executor’s Commission

Executor’s Commission

The Court is empowered to order the payment of remuneration or commission to personal representatives for their services in an executor role. It is entirely at the discretion of the Court if an award for commission is made, and if so, the amount of the award. In...

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