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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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What is a Grant of Representation and When is it Required?

What is a Grant of Representation and When is it Required?

Generally speaking, obtaining a grant of representation (for example, a grant of probate) is the process by which the Supreme Court of Queensland officially recognises the will of the deceased as the last legally valid will, or in some cases where there is no will,...

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A Brief Update from de Groots

A Brief Update from de Groots

Dear Clients, Colleagues and Supporters  We hope you have been enjoying time with your family and friends now that the lockdown requirements have lessened. The events of the past few weeks have caused us to reflect on our life, our business and what is truly...

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Beer Coasters and Text Messages Are Not an Estate Plan

Beer Coasters and Text Messages Are Not an Estate Plan

In recent times there has been a spike in unconventional documents being accepted as valid and binding will documents. These have ranged from photographs to post-it notes to computer files. While this development might provide comfort to some, there are dangers in...

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Enduring Powers of Attorney and COVID-19

Enduring Powers of Attorney and COVID-19

The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in significant social restrictions and is currently threatening the health of all age groups across our country, highlighting the importance of having a valid enduring power of attorney in place at all times. Why should...

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How Much Does a Will Cost? Dr John de Groot spoke with Canstar

How Much Does a Will Cost? Dr John de Groot spoke with Canstar

Our Dr John de Groot recently caught up with Canstar's Tamika Seeto and spoke about all things "Wills." Check out the article here. Some of the issues raised include: What is a will? How do you make a will? How much does a will cost? Have you made a Will? Get started...

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Estate Planning in Light of COVID-19

Estate Planning in Light of COVID-19

The implications of COVID-19 are vast and far-reaching. This pandemic has the potential to cripple the economy and health system. Now, more than ever, is the time to consider whether you have adequate wills and estate plans in place. By ensuring that your wills and...

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Witnessing a Will in the Time of COVID-19

Witnessing a Will in the Time of COVID-19

For a will to be valid under our legislation, the willmaker needs to execute his or her will in front of two witnesses present at the same time. If a willmaker is unable to personally sign but otherwise has the capacity to make a will, the will can be signed at the...

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Where Can You Turn When Family Can’t Help?

Where Can You Turn When Family Can’t Help?

Parents are concerned for their children's welfare at every stage of their lives. We all want to make sure our children are well provided for. We want to always be there for them. But of course, that is not always possible. What happens when parents die? In some...

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Rest in Peace: Five Reasons to Avoid a DIY Will

Rest in Peace: Five Reasons to Avoid a DIY Will

As Australians deal with the uncertainties of a global pandemic, many will be forced to face their own mortality. As a result, those who had previously put-off making a Will may find themselves prioritising this in the coming weeks. Generally inexpensive and...

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