Legal News - July 2014

Why you might need the Guardianship Tribunal?
Date: Jul 30, 2014

If you are incapacitated without having appointed an enduring guardian or an enduring power of attorney, then you may lose the....

One in five people talk to a lawyer about end-of-life wishes
Date: Jul 30, 2014

The Council on the Aging NSW (COTA NSW) released its 50+ report on Valentines Day this year. The purpose of....

Early intervention methods could affect divorce rate
Date: Jul 29, 2014

The government should be involved in early intervention measures in relationship breakdowns according to Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews.

Mr....

Open adoption central to child protection legislation reforms
Date: Jul 28, 2014

Reforms have been introduced in New South Wales to improve the ability of courts, caseworkers and parents to intervene in....

Multicultural films to encourage organ donation in NSW
Date: Jul 18, 2014

Three films are being made to encourage people with multicultural backgrounds in New South Wales to consider organ and tissue....

Support for same sex marriage is increasing
Date: Jul 17, 2014

Support for marriage equality in Australia is increasing. A new poll has found that 72 per cent of Australians now....

Multicultural plan to aid communities
Date: Jul 16, 2014

New South Wales is a culturally diverse state. According to The People of Australia report released by the Department of....

Pros and cons of a discretionary trust
Date: Jul 16, 2014

A discretionary trust is often used to conduct financial affairs of family groups. In this type of trust the trustee....

Decision of intestacy made at the NSW Supreme Court
Date: Jul 16, 2014

If a family member dies without a will (intestate), problems can arise regarding the division of their estate. To determine how....

What are my rights in a de facto relationship?
Date: Jul 10, 2014

Individuals in de facto relationships are often entitled to the same rights as married couples. In a de facto relationship....

What happens when a will is lost?
Date: Jul 07, 2014

In some unfortunate situations, when someone dies - neither the family nor the executor can find the will.

Initially, it will....

Do you need a grant of probate?
Date: Jul 03, 2014

If you are named as an executor in a deceased's will then you will need to apply for a grant of....

Federal government invests $200 million in violence prevention
Date: Jul 02, 2014

The federal government has invested a further $100 million towards addressing physical and sexual violence across Australia. The funding is part of....

Picking an enduring guardian is an important decision
Date: Jul 01, 2014

Planning? a will is something that many Australians do not want to think about. However, estate planning is....