Farewell to the Family Court

  Tuesday, 31 August was the last day of the Family Court of Australia as a stand-alone Court, dispensing justice to separated families. Twenty-one years ago, the Government under Prime Minister Howard established the Federal Circuit Court (“the FCC”), to operate alongside the Family Court.  The intention was to create a Court that delivered justice … Read moreFarewell to the Family Court

Surrogacy

  Pre-Covid, surrogacy was becoming increasingly popular in Australia. Surrogacy is a process whereby a woman (the surrogate) offers to carry a baby on behalf of another person or couple, who will then become the child’s parents after birth (the intended parents). There are two types of surrogacy arrangements – altruistic surrogacy arrangements and commercial … Read moreSurrogacy

What happens when your loved one passes away? Do I need a grant of probate?

  As Benjamin Franklin said: “…in this world, nothing is certain except death and taxes.”.  Given death’s certainty, most people die leaving a Will pursuant to which an executor (i.e. a trustee) is appointed and the estate will be administered according to the terms of the Will. Up to four executors may be named in … Read moreWhat happens when your loved one passes away? Do I need a grant of probate?

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