Mobile phone video recording admitted to probate

Judgment was given and probate granted yesterday in the well-publicised case of the mobile phone video will.  Reasons yet to be published (they were given ex temp, but his Honour has indicated he intends to publish them), I will post them when they are. See the Courier Mail article here. A lot of fellow succession … Continue reading Mobile phone video recording admitted to probate

Homemade wills and carers

A gift in a homemade will read as follows: “I now want my carer Violetta Del Campo of ... to receive $50,000 provided that she has remained my carer until my death.” The question was whether Ms Del Campo had satisfied the condition that she remained the deceased’s carer until the time of his death. … Continue reading Homemade wills and carers

Spiney Bob case

A recent Courier Mail article on a case of mine http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/crime-and-justice/family-members-row-over-250m-fortune-left-by-worongary-hermit-spiney-bob-anthes/news-story/f71227092248f8f22a4646c253c35365

Solicitors beware – Cost capping in FPA

Rosengren DCJ last week heard an application for final orders after the settlement of an FPA.  The settlement provided that the applicant's costs of $66K and the respondent's costs of $70K be paid from the estate.  Her Honour granted final orders, but in relation to costs, thought they were excessive (the estate was only $213K, … Continue reading Solicitors beware – Cost capping in FPA

Interesting Q on Operation of the Forfeiture Rule – is an indirect benefit prohibited?

What a fascinating case, wish I could have been in it!  I love the forfeiture rule. In a recent WA judgment a question arose as to the operation of the forfeiture rule, which prevents a killer from benefiting from the unlawful killing. The question in Public Trustee (WA) -v- Mack was whether a son, who was … Continue reading Interesting Q on Operation of the Forfeiture Rule – is an indirect benefit prohibited?

Doyle’s List 2017

Very proud to make Doyle’s List for the third year running, being named one of Queensland’s “Preeminent” Wills & Estate Litigation junior barristers in the 2017 rankings. The list can be viewed here.

Whose will is it anyway? Court of Appeal considers rectification power

The Qld Ct of Appeal today handed down judgment in a rectification case.  I appeared for the appellant.  This is the first time an appellate court in Australia has considered the new, broader powers of rectification of wills (introduced in Qld in 2006). The testator and her partner told their solicitor they each wanted the … Continue reading Whose will is it anyway? Court of Appeal considers rectification power

Important amendments to Qld Succession Act re de factos

On 5 June 2017, very important amendments to the Qld Succession Act came into effect that put de facto spouses and de facto stepchildren on the same footing as married spouses and stepchildren. I am proud of these amendments, being part of the Succession Law Committee of the QLS that lobbied for this uniformity. The … Continue reading Important amendments to Qld Succession Act re de factos

Sibling wars

Mullins J recently dismissed an application to remove an executor in circumstances where the two beneficiaries were brother and sister, the brother being the executor of their mother's estate.  The brother and sister were very much estranged. There were some delays in the administration of the estate, some of which were caused by the applicant … Continue reading Sibling wars