A New Way To Recognise Personal Relationships

The Relationships Register Act 2016 (SA) became law in South Australia on 1 August 2017. Under The Relationships Register Act 2016 (SA) Act, couples, whether same sex or not, are able to register through the department of Births, Deaths & Marriages. The benefit of registering your relationship is that a person will receive a Certificate... Read more »

Superannuation and Estate Planning

Did you know that superannuation (and any death benefits or life insurance proceeds taken out within super policies) are not assets automatically covered by the provisions of your Will? Under the superannuation regime many trustees of super funds (including self-managed super funds) have the power to decide under the terms of the Trust Deed how... Read more »

Some Observations About Wills and Estates

What Happens if You Die Without a Will – Intestacy If you die without a valid Will your estate is distributed according to the rules set out in section 72G of the Administration and Probate Act. These rules provide that: If you have a spouse but no children, then your entire estate passes to your... Read more »

Wills for Blended Families

When you marry or re-marry there are a few things that you should know regarding your will. A will is cancelled by marriage unless it is expressed to be made in contemplation of that marriage. A will is not cancelled by divorce, but the following occurs: an appointment of the former spouse as executor is... Read more »