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Puppet Structures and Alter Egos: Creation of a Trusts, and Powers of Appointment to Avoid the Court

People try to use third party asset structures to avoid their assets being attacked from a family law, bankruptcy and testator’s family maintenance perspective (“TFM”). There have been a variety of cases involving inter vivos [...]

By | September 29th, 2017|Categories: Family Law|0 Comments

What is Considered by the Courts When Deciding How to Divide Property After a Divorce

When a couple separates, whether they have been married or in a de facto relationship, they usually need to resolve how to divide their assets, including property, superannuation, debts and other liabilities. […]

By | September 7th, 2017|Categories: Family Law, Property|0 Comments

Superannuation Decisions after Death

Poorly Drafted Death Benefit Nominations Superannuation is a trust asset and not an estate asset. Provision for dependents and interdependents are governed by the Superannuation law. In the case of Munro v Munro [2015] QSC [...]

By | August 29th, 2017|Categories: Estate Planning|0 Comments

Pros and Cons of Getting a Binding Financial Agreement

What is a binding financial agreement? The Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) (Family Law Act) provides for parties to a marriage or de facto relationship to enter into a binding legal agreement about the financial arrangements should their marriage or de facto relationship breakdown. […]

By | August 18th, 2017|Categories: Estate Planning|0 Comments

The Effect of Joint Tenancies on Family Provision Claims

Many Australians are co-owners of interests in land but do not appreciate the nature or effect of the co-ownership and do not fully research family trust estate planning. As a result, they are not aware of the consequences their co-ownership has on their death. Below are examples of the effect joint tenancies can have in ousting the Testator’s family maintenance (“TFM”) legislation. […]

By | July 28th, 2017|Categories: Estate Planning, Family Law|0 Comments

Common Divorce Pitfalls to Avoid

Maybe you didn’t see it coming. Maybe you’ve known it was going to happen for some time. Maybe it’s a well-contained no-fault divorce. Maybe it’s not so amicable. Either way, you’ve got a few things to worry about right now… (Before you consider the Common Divorce Pitfalls) […]