Qld passes legislation to allow for video witnessing of wills and EPAs

Last night the Qld Government passed legislation that is the first step to allowing wills and EPAs to be witnessed via video conference. But a warning, we're not quite there yet... The COVID-19 Emergency Response Bill 2020 (see reg 9) allows the Government to make regulations where an Act permits or requires the signing or … Continue reading Qld passes legislation to allow for video witnessing of wills and EPAs

New Practice Direction re Informal wills and COVID-19

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

Electronic execution and witnessing of Wills and EPAs

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

Capacity case

Just before Christmas last year Applegarth J handed down a judgment in a solemn form trial I was in in November. I acted for the Respondent, Kathy, who was a long term friend of the deceased and benefited from his last two wills. The Applicants, the Rowes, were also long term friends of the deceased, … Continue reading Capacity case

NDIS and FPAs

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