Preventing a Will Contest: Transferring Property Prior to Death

It is common for testators to transfer property or assets to their intended beneficiaries prior to their death, in an effort to avoid any potential challenges to their will. The logic being that an applicant will be unable to challenge the will where the estate has no real value. However, in NSW transferring your assets before your death will not necessarily prevent a family provision claim from being made against your estate and in particular circumstances the court may make a Notional Estate Order.

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Should Your Children Receive Equal Inheritances?

Nowadays, there is a societal expectation that siblings will receive equal provision their parent’s will. However, legally a parent is not obligated to treat their children equally and they can effectively distribute their estate however and to whomever they wish. So is it possible to contest a will on the basis that your sibling received a greater inheritance than you?

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