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!!!
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
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
On 19 December 2014, a new 700A was inserted into the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules regarding in estate and trust matters. The new rule is set out below. Of course, these matters were always able to be taken into account in the court's wide discretion on costs, so it will be interesting to see what practical effect … Continue reading New costs rule
Notice to Practitioners - QSuper now accepts binding death benefit nominations. The deed refers to the provisions of the SIS Act, so the usual SIS Act limitations (such as the 3 year lapse rule) will apply. It is a step forward though. See the provisions of the deed here.
Yesterday the Chief Justice issued a new Practice Direction approving additional newspapers for the publication of probate advertisements. View PD No. 2 of 2014 here.
See the bill here
Last night the A-G introduced the Civil Partnerships and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2012. The Bill and the Explanatory Notes are now available. The Bill has been declared “urgent”. Read SMH Article - Civil union changes rushed through in Qld