If you are acting as executor on someone's will and they owned property, you'll need to know more about its ownership. Many people change home ownership from joint tenancy to 'tenants in common' in order to protect their children's future inheritance. But how can you tell if a property is owned by joint tenants or tenants in common? Check pertinent documents The first thing to do is to check any historical documents that exist from the date the property was purchased by the deceased. [Read More]
Stalked By An Ex - What Can You Do?
Stalking is a crime that is often regarded as not particularly serious, yet it can be just as devastating for the victim as a crime of physical violence. Many stalkers are also ex-spouses of the victim, making the situation even more distressing and complicated. But what is stalking and how could a family law solicitor help you? What is stalking? In the eyes of the law, stalking can involve many different types of behaviour, including: [Read More]
Circumstances Under Which You May Challenge A Valid Will
As the market value of property in Australia continues to escalate with each passing year, so does the number of court cases involving contested wills. Virtually every potential beneficiary wants to be entitled to a share of the testator's property, and in cases where a beneficiary feels that something somewhere went terribly wrong, they can contest the matter in a probate court. However, being a would-be beneficiary does not automatically accord you the right to have a share of the testator's estate. [Read More]
Considering Getting Divorced in Australia but Were Married Overseas? Here's What You Need to Know
In legal terms, jurisdiction is an official power of authority—the power to make decisions and judgements that are legally binding. If you reside in Australia but were married overseas, you might be wondering if the Australian legal system has any jurisdiction over your divorce. If you were in fact married overseas but are now considering divorcing your partner in Australia, the courts might be able to legally end your marriage. There are a few conditions that must be applicable, so you need to ensure that these conditions have been met. [Read More]