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When grandchildren may and may not be able to make a claim on your Estate

By virtue of the Succession Act 2006 (NSW), grandchildren who lived with you at any time (regardless whether in your house) and were dependent on you at any time, are eligible to make an application for a Family Provision Order: section 57(1)(e)(ii). Given that it is usual to leave your Estate to your children, on […]

What is an ICL

What is an Independent Children’s Lawyer & what do they do? An Independent Children’s Lawyer (“ICL”) is a lawyer who represents a child independently, by acting in the child or children’s best interests. ICLs use professional judgment and skill to enable children to be more involved in the decision-making process in proceedings, however they are […]

Relocation after separation

Relocation after separation: moving to a different area with your children The court’s primary consideration in any proposed relocation order sought, is the same as in all other parenting orders: whether an order for, or against, relocation, is in the best interests of the children. You and your partner may have only just separated, or […]

Bad Beneficiaries- Should they be allowed to inherit from their victims?

违法受益人是否应被剥夺受害人遗产的继承资格? A convicted murderer cannot inherit their victim’s estate. However, the lines become blurred if the person was not the direct murderer but perhaps: 被判有罪的杀人犯显然不能继承被害人的财产。然而,如果此人不是直接的杀人犯,但可能是: (a) Assisted in covering up the murder? 谋杀罪的帮助犯; (b) Accidentally killed the deceased? Or 过失致被害人死亡;或 (c) Was not guilty due to ill mental health? 由于精神失常被判无罪。 Essentially, whether the bad beneficiary […]

Key Amendments to Penalties for Drink Driving in NSW

On 3 December 2018, recent amendments to the Road Transport Act 2013 (NSW) came into force increasing the penalties for certain drink driving offences and changing the way low-range PCA offences are dealt with. The Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey has justified these amendments on the basis that ‘[w]e needed a stronger […]

NSW TO INTRODUCE CAMERAS TO DETECT USE OF MOBILE PHONES WHILST DRIVING

The New South Wales Government have announced they will be introducing cameras to detect illegal mobile phone use by drivers. This is as a result of the Road Transport Legislation Amendment (Road Safety) Bill 2018. Drivers who use their mobile phones illegally are targeted as part of the NSW Government’s road safety reforms, which have […]