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Contesting a Will - What is a Family Provision Claim?

A family provision application is an application filed with the District or Supreme Court of Queensland by an eligible person seeking further and better provision from the estate of a deceased person. There are circumstances where sometimes individuals are left out of a will, or perhaps did not receive an adequate portion of the deceased’s estate at the time of the deceased passing.

Rent incurred during the administration period has priority over other unsecured debts - recent decision of the Federal Court of Australia

In what was a welcome decision for landlords in the current climate, the Federal Court of Australia recently ruled that rent was an expense “properly incurred” by the Administrators and accordingly given priority over other unsecured debts by virtue of s.556(1) of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (Act).

Ownership of land: who really owns your land?

Despite the belief held by many landholders that they own their land absolutely including anything found above or below it, the law in Australia is not that simple. Multiple parties can have different but legally valid rights over the same land.