Help! My ex-partner has kidnapped our child! Will the police help? The short answer is no. Clients often come to us stating that their partner has taken the child and that the police won’t help. In most instances a parent taking a child is not considered ‘kidnapping’...

All vendors selling property over $750,000 are required to obtain an ATO Clearance Certificate These new changes will apply to contracts entered into on or after 1 July 2017. What are the upcoming changes? From July 1, the FRCGW withholding tax rate increases to 12.5% from 10%. This applies to properties where the...

Can my stepchildren contest my will? Under Victorian Law there are limitations to the types of persons that can contest wills. These days with the increasing divorce rates there are more and more "blended" families and hence stepchildren. Does a stepchild have standing to challenge a...

The Victorian Government announced that it intends to increase the First Home Owner Grant (FHOG) from $10,000 to $20,000 for new homes built in regional Victoria and valued up to $750,000. This will apply for contracts signed from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2020. Eligible first-home...

Dealing with the Funeral Director There are often funeral arrangement disputes between family members as to who can arrange the funeral of a deceased loved one.  The poor funeral directors have to then work out who can they legally take as their client. The law,  at least...

How to contest a will Discover our top 6 tips on how to contest a will and how to know can will be contested. Get a copy of the Will This is not always possible if the executor is resisting.  However, if you are an immediate family member...

What is a testamentary trust will and do I need one? You’ve worked hard to build your wealth, and don’t want the assets to go to the tax man, or be collected by your beneficiaries’ creditors. Why have a testamentary trust in a will? You can spend a...

After 25 years of legal practice, I have come across a lot of myths about wills and common misconceptions that people have about Wills. Here are some of the common myths about wills I hear frequently. Myths about wills #1 - My wife and I can just make one...

Some of my clients who have separated a very short time after their wedding,  ask about getting an annulment instead of divorce.  It's not as easy as some think. Difference between annulment and divorce A "decree of dissolution of marriage" is what is commonly known as divorce. A...

The following update has been released from the Australian Institute of Conveyancers Victoria (some notable deadlines have been underlined). It details information on the move to digital conveyancing or electronic conveyancing in Victoria. Transitioning to 100% Digital Conveyancing As we have been saying for a couple of years,...