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

When is a “child” a child?

The Qld Court of Appeal has ruled that a child by aboriginal culture is not a "child" of a deceased person for the purposes of intestacy, or family provision laws. The appellant administrator was the only surviving parent of the deceased.  The deceased had no biological children.  The respondent is the biological nephew of the … Continue reading When is a “child” a child?