According to the Victorian Wills Act 1997: (1)     The divorce of a testator revokes— (a)     any disposition to the divorced spouse of the testator, made in a will in existence at the time of the divorce; and (b)     the grant of a power of appointment by the will...

Changes at the Land Titles Office and documents for dealing with land The following are the requirements and dates on which the Registrar’s Requirements take effect. Read on to the end to see how it affects you when you buy or sell land or need to put...

The following Rules of Professional Conduct for Licensed Conveyancers should be noted if you are using a conveyancer. 1. Conflicts of interest A licensee must not accept instructions to perform or continue to perform conveyancing work for a client if doing so would place the licensee’s interests...

At our local Werribee office of Rigoli Lawyers we are preparing wills and powers of attorneys all the time but it never ceases to amaze me how many people are doing their "own home job" wills and powers of attorney. While I can understand they want to...

Settling out of court after separation – what are your options? Once a train speeds up momentum is run-away- it is very difficult to stop. It’s the same with court cases.  In the case of litigation, especially family law matters it really is a case of...

Before the year 2000 you could not enforce Prenups or Financial Agreements made outside court – you simply couldn’t contract out of the Family Law Act entitlements. These days Binding Financial Agreements including Prenups are made all the time,  and provided that they are prepared and executed...

The practice of providing a discharge of mortgage to the registered proprietor to lodge at Land Victoria is no longer allowed. A discharge of mortgage signed on or after 1 March 2016 must be lodged by or on behalf of the mortgagee. The only exception is where...

Are you entering into a shopping centre lease? Here are some critical questions to consider: What will be my level of competition in the shopping centre? Larger centres often have an over-supply of similar businesses. An accurate picture of your level of competition is necessary for...

PEXA is  electronic conveyancing platform for use by conveyancers, lawyers, banks, purchasers and sellers of property.   It replaces the traditional face to face conveyancing settlements. Apart from arranging settlements of purchases and sales, conveyancers and lawyers are now also able to lodge caveats using PEXA. The...

The following is an extract from a Law Institute of Victoria article about the changes as they were coming into effect: 28 Jan 2015 New laws limiting the ability to make a claim on a will came into effect this month, prompting a call from the Law Institute...

Recently changes were made to the law regarding identification requirements for entering into land transactions.  These changes were designed to prevent fraud on titles and other financial transactions.  This is especially important now that conveyancing can be done electronically. "Verification of Identity" is now required for...