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What is Mediation?

What is Mediation?

Mediation is defined by the National Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Counsel as: A process in which the participants to a dispute, with the assistance of a Dispute Resolution Practitioner (the Mediator), identify the disputed issues, develop options, consider...
Contesting a Will (part 1)

Contesting a Will (part 1)

There are a few reasons why people ask us about contesting a Will. The most common reason is because they have been left out a Will. What is contesting a Will all about? You cannot contest a deceased’s Will just because you think it’s unfair. Everyone has the right to...
The cost of making a Will with an Estate Planning Solicitor

The cost of making a Will with an Estate Planning Solicitor

Often when someone calls me to enquire about doing a Will for them, the first question they ask is “how much does it cost?”.  The answer to that question is “it varies”. What does a Will do? A Will helps protect your assets, ensuring those assets pass to your intended...
NSW v QLD – not rugby league … Family Provision

NSW v QLD – not rugby league … Family Provision

Having experience in both New South Wales and Queensland, I am often asked by Queensland practitioners about the curious ways of the New South Wales system for family provision claims.  While the concept of the claims is similar and to some degree the process,...