I have long been a skeptic about the enforceability of gift and loan back arrangements that do not involve the actual transfer of physical cash or money at the gifting stage. Promissory notes seem to be the latest trend in these “gifting” schemes. This decision that was handed down 2 days ago didn’t deal with … Continue reading Gift and Loan Back Arrangements
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
Very excited to be named Queensland's "Market Leader" in the 2019 Doyle's List for Estate Litigation barristers. See the List here.
Article from the Courier Mail today.
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.
In a judgment delivered this morning, Davis J removed two executors who were at loggerheads, without any finding of fault or unfitness to occupy office. His Honour found that the due and proper administration of the estate was best served by their removal and the appointment of an independent administrator. Read Re McLennan here.
Rosengren DCJ last week heard an application for final orders after the settlement of an FPA. The settlement provided that the applicant's costs of $66K and the respondent's costs of $70K be paid from the estate. Her Honour granted final orders, but in relation to costs, thought they were excessive (the estate was only $213K, … Continue reading Solicitors beware – Cost capping in FPA
This morning the Chief Justice dismissed an application for leave to commence a FPA that was commenced ten years out of time. Read Kay v Kreis here.
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