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Articles and legal news from the Atkinson Vinden Team.

  • Super Reforms Lapse due to Election

    As many will know a number of significant changes to superannuation legislation were heralded earlier this year. Some are now “law”…including; 1.    increasing the superannuation guarantee from 9% to 12%; this increase is being introduced on a staggered basis – currently it is at 9.25%; 2.    an increase in the concessional caps by $10,000 [to...

    General

  • Claims Against your Estate from your Former Spouse

    Separating couples usually give careful thought to finalising their property settlement so that each is clear as to the assets and liabilities as well as superannuation that they are to retain on the breakdown of the relationship. Often after parties have finalised their property settlement, they then also give careful consideration to their own estate...

    Wills & Probate

  • Family Provision Claims and the Family Court

    Can children in certain circumstances utilise the Family Court to circumvent family provision orders?  The High Court case of Stanford v Stanford [2012] HCA 52 dealt with such a scenario. In the Stanford matter the wife was 89 years and the husband was 87 years.  It was the parties’ second marriage and both had adult...

    Family Law

  • Family Disputes can Continue long after Death

    Families should be aware that their disputes do not die with an elderly family member, and can in fact escalate into litigation against the estate.  We frequently handle matters in which an unresolved dispute between family members carries on and becomes worse after the death of one of the people involved.  These claims usually involve...

    Family Law, Wills & Probate