How can we convince young Australians that they should make a legally binding will as soon as they turn 18? Tragedy struck Kay Catanzariti’s family when Kay’s son, Ben, was killed in a workplace incident at the age of 21. It's her strong belief that a legal will can ease the grief and heartache at
WG and two siblings were appointed executors of their father’s estate. Sadly, WG’s father passed away causing the appointment of the executors to come into effect. The estate included a number of properties which would need to be sold. With one of the siblings living overseas, it was logistically difficult for all three executors to
Financial elder abuse, unfortunately, is not a new problem. A recent survey conducted by the State Trustees of Victoria has unveiled the drastic scale of the problem. This survey has uncovered some worrying statistics. For example, 91% of respondents agreed with the proposition that it was: “easy for people to take advantage of older friends
A power of attorney is a legal document in which you appoint a person (known as your 'attorney') to make certain decisions on your behalf. This document must be signed while you have 'legal capacity' - a term used to describe whether you can fully understand the nature and consequences of what you are signing.
On 1 September 2017, Doyles published two listings highlighting the expertise of our Wills and Estate teams in the ACT for 2017. Snedden Hall & Gallop was recognised in both categories. We are grateful for the positive feedback from our clients as well as our peers within the legal profession. The 2017 Doyles guide for Wills,
Our client injured his back due to unsafe work practices involving heavy lifting duties. He was unable to return to his pre-injury work and required significant treatment and rehabilitation and re-skilling for new employment. His workers compensation claim was accepted by the insurer but his common law negligence claim was denied. We obtained expert evidence as to
The testator, a retiree in his mid-sixties, died unexpectedly. He left a valid will and enduring power of attorney. We represented the defendant, the testator’s only child and executor of the estate, against a Family Provision claim under the Family Provision Act 1969 by the plaintiff, a female companion of the testator. The testator and
Tanya Herbertson, Director and head of the Wills and Estates team, discusses some of the issues with people makeing "homemade wills", and the importance of getting your will prepared by a qualified and experience lawyer to ensure that your testamentary wishes are fulfilled. On 30 November 2016, Master Sanderson of the WA Supreme Court delivered judgment in
Richard Faulks (Managing Director), Tanya Herbertson (Director) and Bill Andrews (Senior Consultant) have been included in the most recent edition of Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession in the Wills/Estates category and Dispute Resolution/Litigation category in Canberra for 2016. The Snedden Hall & Gallop business itself is also listed as one of Canberra's Leading Wills/Estates Litigation Law firms and one of Canberra's Leading Dispute Resolution/Litigation law firms.
Our Wills & Estates team have prepared a useful flyer outlining key information about these important documents. Download PDF