The deceased’s son was found responsible for the killing of his parents but was not found guilty of murder by reason of mental impairment. The estates were left in equal shares to the son and daughter. The granddaughter (daughter of the son) applied for approval of a compromise of two family provision applications. The compromise … Continue reading Forfeiture, family provision and costs
In a FPA judgment handed down 3 weeks ago a District Court Judge awarded significant sums to two applicants, but proposed to take the costs of the entire action out of the share of only one of the beneficiaries (who was a charity, and unrepresented at trial). I acted for the charity in making submissions against that. … Continue reading A win for the charities!
This was a joint approach by two interested parties for the court to make a will on (their own) agreed terms. Young J was not satisfied that the proposed will was one that the person would make if she had capacity. The applicant was the attorney of the proposed testator. She was ordered to bear … Continue reading Unsuccessful statutory will case
In Cerneaz v Cerneaz (No 2)  QDC 73 Smith DCJA capped both parties' costs after a successful FPA by an applicant spouse. The applicant's costs were estimated at $140,000 and were capped at $100,000. The respondents' costs were estimated at $162,417.28 and were capped at $130,000. The Judge was critical that the actual amount … Continue reading Both parties’ costs capped in FPA