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Articles and legal news from the Atkinson Vinden Team.

  • Challenging A Will (Family Provision Claims)

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    In this brief summary of Will dispute laws, Senior Associate Caitilin Watson explains some of the circumstances in which people choose to challenge the Will of a deceased loved one. Author Ron Chernow once famously said, “I have developed a very strong partiality for the dead: they don’t talk back, they don’t sue, and they...

    Wills & Estate Planning

  • Why A Simple Will Is Not Always Enough

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    Is a simple will enough to protect your wishes? People often approach us wondering whether it would be sufficient for them to use an off the shelf, or very simple will. “After all”, they say, “ my asset situation is very simple”. In this thought-provoking article, Senior Associate Anne Goodrick identifies some of the reasons...

    Wills & Estate Planning

  • Executor Of A Will: Responsibilities & Duties

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    I have been appointed as an executor. What should I do and what are my duties? In this article by senior estates lawyer Miranda Thompson, we learn what is required of those given responsibility to manage and distribute a loved one’s estate. Often when people are appointed as an executor they are unsure what is...

    Wills & Estate Planning

  • Intestacy: what happens if you die without a Will?

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    Making a valid Will is the only way you can be confident that your assets will be distributed according to your wishes when you die. It allows you to provide for the people you care about, to appoint a person you trust to carry out the instructions in your Will or to make a gift...

    Wills & Estate Planning

  • Acting as an Executor can be tricky. Why you need proper legal advice

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    When someone dies, an executor is the person appointed by the willmaker to administer the estate in accordance with the will. The main duties of an executor are to collect the assets of a deceased estate, pay debts, pay legacies under the will, and distribute the assets to the beneficiaries. It might sound straight forward,...

    General, Wills & Estate Planning

  • Some Hope for Will makers. Contesting the Will is not always successful

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    Some family members who have not received adequate provision from a deceased estate can contest a will by making what is called a “Family Provision claim”. Many consider this to be a positive legal avenue for people who have unjustifiably been left with inadequate provisions from an Estate, or for those with significant needs.  However,...

    News & Updates, Wills & Estate Planning