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
Source: Competing Relationships: Needs of De Facto vs Adult Children
In a judgment handed down this morning, the Qld Court of Appeal overturned a decision of Martin J from last year, where he dismissed an application to extend the time for bringing an FPA. Gotterson JA said (at ): In my view, the appellant has advanced an arguable claim for further provision out of the deceased’s estate. … Continue reading Court of appeal overturns FPA dismissal
A 27 year old widow brought a claim, out of time, in the estate of her 70 yo deceased husband. The estate was worth approximately $1m. The applicant was left $10,000 plus two motor vehicles. In addition, she received $150,000 from his superannuation. The balance of the estate was left to his two children and … Continue reading Widow unsuccessful in out of time FPA
This morning Byrne J (Qld Supreme Court) dismissed an out of time FPA. The applicant would have received half of the estate under the will (E$750,000 as at DOD) and she filed her application months out of time, after making a conscious decision, after legal advice, not to commence the FPA within time. Read Budulica v … Continue reading Out of time FPA dismissed
Estate worth $1.7m. Will shared estate (roughly) equally between the deceased's four children (would have been about $432K). Applicant was 66 yo who because of various illnesses and her age, was unable to work. She had assets of approx. $115K (car, furniture and cash) and was on a pension. Reasonably good relationship with mother. Applicant … Continue reading Another adult child claim dismissed