A RISE IN ELDER ABUSE: A SIGNIFICANT PROBLEM Recent statistics released by Advocare have revealed that there has been a rise in elder abuse.  In the past two months alone, Advocare has received more than 200 calls for help which is double the number of calls received in the same period last year.  Almost one third of those calls concerned financial elder abuse. Abuse by Adult Children: One Recent Example

DO YOU THINK YOU HAVE A CLAIM UNDER THE FAMILY PROVISION ACT? If you are considering challenging a Will, it is important to know that there is a time limitation for bringing a claim contained in the Family Provision Act 1972 (WA) (the Act). Under section 7(2)(a) of the Act, an application can be made within 6 months from the date on which the Supreme Court issues a Grant of

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Mar 2018

Probate Caveats

A Grant of Probate represents confirmation from the Supreme Court that a Will of a deceased person is the last valid Will of that person.  A Probate caveat may prevent a Grant being issued.  A recent decision in the Supreme Court of Western Australia (Richardson v Devine ¹ (Richardson case)) has provided valuable guidance as to the procedures to follow in WA in respect of Probate caveats. A Probate caveat is a written

The recent decision upheld by the Western Australian Court of Appeal Blenkinsop v Herbert WASCA 87 (Blenkinsop) outlines the importance of understanding the terms of a discretionary trust deed. More significantly, the case focussed on the nature of the Guardian’s powers and the Court’s jurisdiction to remove the Guardian. 1.     What is a discretionary trust deed? A discretionary trust is a common vehicle for operating businesses as they offer

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Apr 2017

STATUTORY WILLS

In Western Australia (WA), recent legislative developments in 2007, have permitted the Supreme Court of Western Australia to make statutory Wills. Under the Wills Act 1970 (WA) the Supreme Court can make a statutory Will for a person who lacks the capacity to make their own Will (an ‘incapable person’). Although WA has more “relaxed” laws in this area compared with other States and Territories, it is surprising there have

For Probate purposes, when is a missing person presumed to be dead? There is a misconception that, if a person has been missing for 7 years, then that person is presumed to be dead. But an automatic presumption of fact does not arise even if 7 years have passed without any sign of the person in question. In fact, it is possible for a person to be declared dead where