Yesterday I got judgment from the Chief Justice summarily dismissing an action that was attempting to attack a unilateral severence of a joint tenancy on the grounds of fraud. The Applicant (mother) and her daughter owned a property as joint tenants. Just before her death, the daughter engaged a solicitor to sever the join tenancy. … Continue reading Severence of Joint Tenancy – summary judgment in a fraud case
Judgment handed down this morning in a case where I appeared for the Applicant. Jackson J removed the 2 remaining executors and appointed an independent administrator. Read Re Franks  QSC 134 here.
Judgment was handed down this morning in what I think is the first case where the Queensland Courts have considered the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act 2020 (Qld) and the Justice Legislation (COVID-19 Emergency Response – Documents and Oaths) Regulation 2020 (Qld) for the execution of wills. Unfortunately, in the signing process, the testator missed signing … Continue reading Audio-visual witnessing of wills – Re Sheehan
The Supreme Court of Queensland is today starting the live pilot trial of its new eFiling system, Objective Connect, for probate files. Certain firms, who participated in a dummy trial, will be using the eFiling system from today for their probate applications. The intention is to roll this out to all probate files, then eventually … Continue reading eFiling trial starts today!!!
New PD issued by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court this afternoon in relation to informal wills executed during COVID-19. In effect, if drafted by (or witnessed by, or supervised by) a solicitor, then wills that are witnessed by 1 or 2 witnesses via video conference but not physically, may be admitted to probate … Continue reading New Practice Direction re Informal wills and COVID-19
An interesting article was published in The Australian today on electronic execution of documents (read it here). These times of COVID-19 restrictions have brought urgently to the forefront the need for law reform in the execution and witnessing of wills and enduring powers of attorney. Last week, the Queensland Registrar of Titles directed that for … Continue reading Electronic execution and witnessing of Wills and EPAs
Yesterday I finished a trial of an FPA in the Supreme Court. The judgment is reserved and will be interesting because Ryan J is considering to what extent benefits that an applicant is to receive, or potentially receive, under the NDIS can be taken into account in determining whether adequate provision has been made and … Continue reading NDIS and FPAs
This is a case I was involved in last month. Judgment was given yesterday. Finnegan v Garner  QSC 100 The deceased died leaving a wife and eight children (including two step-children). He and his wife separated in 2000, but did not divorce. The estate was worth just under $1m. It was believed that the … Continue reading Barring claims under s68 Trusts Act
Judgment was given this morning by Henry J in a rectification case where the deceased had given instructions for a will through his daughter. His Honour found "it is trite that instructions can be conveyed by an agent" and rectified the will to accord with those instructions. Read Fitzgerald v Rowley  QSC 21 here.
S33Z of the Succession Act (Qld) provides that a person who has possession or control of a will of a deceased testator must, if asked, allow an entitled person to inspect the will and/or give a certified copy of the will on payment of the person’s reasonable expenses. will includes— (a) a purported will or revoked will; and (b) a part … Continue reading What is a “Purported will”?