What is a “Purported will”?

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”?

Australia wide Doyle’s List

I am really excited to be named one of the five preeminent junior counsel for the whole of Australia in the 2018 Doyle's List for "Leading Wills & Estates Litigation Barristers – Australia".  Also, the only Queenslander, and the only female barrister on the preeminent list.  You can view the list here.

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

Recent media

August has been a busy month.  Here are four articles published on cases I have been in. Elderly multimillionaire’s $70m estate at heart of complex will battle Court orders texta marks on mum’s will be ignored Critical lessons for SMSF succession planning Pilot’s partner wins court approval to organise his funeral

Stepkids or no stepkids – that was the question

Ann Lyons J today handed down judgment in a will construction case. I was for the third respondent.  The will was drawn by a solicitor and contained two conflicting gift over provisions.  The testator in one clause left the residue of her estate to those of her children and stepchildren who were living at the … Continue reading Stepkids or no stepkids – that was the question