Can A Foster Child Contest A Parent’s Will?

Experiencing the death of a loved one is up there with life's most stressful experiences. The last thing anyone wants to deal with while grieving is a Will dispute. Unfortunately, many people are left seeking estate litigation lawyers to handle Will estate disputes. It is a complicated process at the best of times, but it is even more complicated when a foster child contests a Will. 

What To Do If You Are Disappointed With Your National Redress Scheme Offer

Have you recently applied for payment through the National Redress Scheme? The Royal Commission on sexual abuse was instrumental in changing child abuse laws in Australia. A key result from the commission is the National Redress Scheme which was created to provide victims of institutional child sexual abuse with compensation. Nothing can erase the pain of the abuse victims suffered at the hands of people they trusted, but the NRS can help you cover the costs of therapy as well as a claim for loss of earnings (either past or present). 

Practical Tips To Help You Prepare for Divorce

Divorces are almost never easy. They’re complicated, stressful, and emotionally draining period experiences, especially when they involve custody issues. But by ensuring you’re fully informed about your rights so you understand what to expect during the divorce process will make it easier to get through this difficult time. So with that in mind, here’s our step-by-step guide with practical tips to help you prepare for divorce.

Understanding Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

In order to better understand Institutional Child Sexual Abuse and provide support for its survivors, we must discuss the facts about it openly and honestly. The below resource provides helpful information including how to access support services.

Grant of Probate - What It Means & How It Affects You

When someone passes away with assets in New South Wales, all of their holdings are immediately frozen until they can be administered under their Will. In many cases, the authority must be granted by the NSW Supreme Court before the assets can be released to a legal representative of the deceased estate. This is called a Grant of Probate.

National Redress Scheme Application – What Happens Next?

A key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse, the National Redress Scheme was established by the Australian Federal Government in 2018.

Do Property Orders Apply to De Facto Relationships?

As the average Australian family has changed over the last few decades, so too has the legal definition for spousal relationships. Today, we have families with both heterosexual or same-sex non-married couples entitled to many of the same rights when it comes to matters regarding Family Law such as maintenance and the division of property. But simply living together with someone does not automatically mean you’re in a de facto relationship.

Can The Executor Of A Will Be Changed?

When someone creates a Will, they’re asked to choose someone they trust to act as executor of their Will after they pass away. And as long as the nominated person is competent and over 18 years of age, Will makers are entitled to appoint whomever they want to carry out their final wishes on their behalf.

The Property Settlement Process - Where To Start

Approximately one out of every three marriages and de facto relationships in Australia end in divorce or separation. And just like the relationships that preceded them, every separation is unique. Some are amicable and relatively easy, whereas others end up being complicated, drawn-out, and emotionally draining. One of the main reasons why many separations and divorces become so problematic is the property settlement process.

Can a Stepchild Contest a Will?

With around one-third of all marriages ending in divorce, blended families have become increasingly common throughout Australia. With marriages, divorces, separations, and de facto relationships, families are now much more complex structures which often invariably include biological offspring, adopted children, and one or more stepchildren.

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