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Welcome to the December 2014 edition of the Streeterlaw news for private clients and their advisors. We aim to inform, entertain and enlighten!

 

We welcome new members of our team with Andrew Banna joining us a Senior Family Lawyer and Ben Beukes  as Special Counsel in commercial litigation. This year, our journey of continuous improvement took the next step, with many of our team being trained in Lean Management Principles and Tools and the firm passed the audit to be certified to the LAW9000 legal best practice management system. The holiday season is a busy time for law relating to families so in this edition we provide a brief overview of two interesting cases – the first changes the Family Law landscape for de factos and the second emphasises the responsibilities of executors of a will, who can expose themselves to litigation if they don’t perform their role properly. Our third article details the key requirements to ensure your Will is valid. 

— Mark Streeter 

  Mark Streeter
 
 

 
 
Family Law  

Definition of “living together” can also include couples mostly living apart!

 

A recent case in the Family Court points to the need for a de facto couple to clearly communicate with each other when their relationship ends. While this may seem obvious, the case was primarily about determining when the lengthy relationship between Mr Cadman and Mr Hallett ended, with the two parties disputing by nearly 10 years the date upon which they ceased to “reside together on a genuine domestic basis”. Read More >>>

  Simone Green
 
 

 
 
 

Executors who fail to collect the assets of an estate may be liable to beneficiaries

 
 

The executors of a will are expected to collect the assets of the estate in question and distribute them as set down in the will. But a NSW Court of Appeal case, where a beneficiary knew about the proceeds of a real estate sale that weren’t included in the estate, has determined that a beneficiary can mount a case against executors who fail to perform their duties. Read more >>>

 
 

 
 
Guardianship  

How to ensure that your will is valid

 

Does your will clearly stipulate what you wish to happen to your assets after you die? If it is not properly laid out and executed, there is the risk of disputes arising between beneficiaries and others, who can challenge the validity of the will. There are five essential factors to ensure that your will is valid. To find out what these are and how the courts treat “informal wills”, click here >>>

 
 
 

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