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The Forfeiture Rule Explained: Allison Baden-Clay Case Study

"And for what? For a little bit of money? There's more to life than a little money, you know. Don't you know that? And here you are, and it's a beautiful day. Well. I just don't understand it." - Police Chief Marge Gunderson, Fargo (1996) "Financial gain" (ie. money) is often the motive for mur...

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Delusional Father Leaves Everything to Charity

Contesting a Will when everything has been left to charity... 2015 - Update Following on from the previous article below, this case has now settled at the Supreme Court of South Australia. Case Summary & Outcome The only sole surviving beneficiary under the deceased's Will was a charity; the Royal Adelaide H...

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Foster Child Receives $85,684 After Successfully Contesting a Will

Foster children are eligible to contest a deceased's will if they were wholly or partly dependent upon the deceased at any time during their life, and if they also lived as a member of the deceased's household. While foster children may be technically eligible persons, it has always been very difficult for them to win a contested Will...

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Estrangement: What does it mean in the law of succession in New South Wales?

Estrangement has been described as "the condition which results from the attitudes or conduct of one or both parties" (Andrews v Andrews [2011] NSWSC 115). On some occasions in claims for family provision, the condition of estrangement comes before the Courts for determination as a result of the failure of a testator to make proper ...

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What happens if the deceased gave away their property before they died?

Does gifted property form part of the deceased's notional estate? It is not uncommon for a person to give away or "gift" their property before they die in an attempt to stop a particular person, usually an adult child, from being able to get possession of their property by contesting their will.  The motivation being if...

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Adrian Corbould

Adrian Corbould is a Law Society Accredited Specialist in Wills & Estates Law. For more than 15 years he has helped hundreds of clients in contested estate matters. His tenacity and experience make him one of the most sought after Will Contest Lawyers in New South Wales (NSW).

Adrian is an Accredited Specialist within the Contested Wills & Estates Team. In certain circumstances, the team operates on a 'No Win, No Fee' basis. If you'd like to discuss your circumstances with a member of the team, call us and ask for a Free Appraisal.

 

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