Large families with complex family structures, that include multiple grandchildren, are becoming increasingly common throughout Australia and NSW. Grandparents are also becoming more and more involved in their grandchildren's lives, which has come about because there has been:
- An increase in families that have both parents working full-time, with grandparents helping mind the kids and pick them up from school. In fact, 27% of Australian working mothers rely on their grandparents for childcare.
- An increase in the number of couples living with their parents to save for a house of their own, with those couples having babies during this time.
- An increased awareness of the rights grandparents have in relation to their grandchildren, including support services for grandparents initiated by organisations like COTA (www.cotansw.com.au).
Consequently, this has caused an increase in the number of grandchildren contesting Wills in pursuit of a fair inheritance.
The inheritance rights of grandchildren in relation to family provision claims vary in each state. According to the Succession Act, grandchildren are eligible to contest a will if they were wholly or partly dependent upon the grandparent who passed away at any stage during their life.
If you are a grandfather or grandmother and you want to understand your grandchildren's rights, or you are a grandchild who wishes to contest a will, contact us today.
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