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  1. Common misconceptions about estate planning : City Pacific Lawyers

    Common misconceptions about estate planning

    1 | Sep 2021

      An estate plan involves more than signing a Will and leaving it in a safe place. An effective estate plan requires consideration of several matters and ongoing review to ensure it reflects your testamentary wishes and covers unexpected events. In this article we look at some misconceptions about Wills and estate planning and dispel […]


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  2. Accessing digital assets – estate planning essentials : City Pacific Lawyers

    Accessing digital assets – estate planning essentials

    28 | Jun 2021

    The untimely death (or purported death) of Gerald Cotten, former CEO of Canadian cryptocurrency exchange company, Quadriga CX, emphasises the importance of planning your electronic after-life. Mr Cotten’s death in India at the age of 30, not only raised suspicion as to its authenticity (and allegations of an exit scam), but reiterated the chaos that […]


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  3. What a Will Kit doesn’t do : City Pacific Lawyers

    What a Will Kit doesn’t do

    11 | May 2021

    There are various ‘Will Kits’ available on-line – most are cheap or ‘free’ and all you need to do is download them and fill in the blanks. Many websites boast that you can prepare your Will ‘without spending hundreds of dollars on legal fees’. Simple, right? Not really. Generating an on-line Will may seem easy, […]


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  4. Do you have an SMSF? How to make sure your loved ones receive your super when you die : City Pacific Lawyers

    Do you have an SMSF? How to make sure your loved ones receive your super when you die

    21 | Jun 2019

    It’s hard to imagine the difference that one document, often only one page in length, could make to the distribution of your estate. It is a common misunderstanding that having a Will is all that is needed in estate planning. While a well-prepared Will is an essential part of any good estate plan, failing to […]


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  5. The process of obtaining probate : City Pacific Lawyers

    The process of obtaining probate

    26 | Apr 2019

    Probate is a grant made by a Court that ‘proves’ the Will of a deceased person and vests title to estate assets in the executor/s. This is the official process that allows the executor to deal with the deceased’s estate. As the legal personal representative of the estate, the executor must determine the assets and […]


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  6. Wills for Blended Families : City Pacific Lawyers

    Wills for Blended Families

    12 | Mar 2019

      Making a Will is important, particularly if you are part of a blended family. A blended family is a family in which one or both partners have a child or children from a previous relationship. Careful estate planning now should ensure that all of your intended beneficiaries are provided for when you die and […]


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  7. FAQ on Estate Planning : City Pacific Lawyers

    FAQ on Estate Planning

    13 | Nov 2018

    While many people are unlikely to nominate estate planning (aka “Thinking about what will happen to my assets when I die”) as being on their “most wanted things to do” list, in reality, this is something that should be on all our “must do” lists. Proactively planning for how you would like your assets distributed […]


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  8. Can your ex-de facto inherit under your Will? : City Pacific Lawyers

    Can your ex-de facto inherit under your Will?

    30 | May 2018

    Once upon a time you were happily living together with your de facto partner. Roses were bought, dinners were cooked, finances were shared and Wills were signed leaving all your assets to the other partner in the event of what you then thought of as the far away time of your tragic passing. Thoughts of […]


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  9. Changes to Powers of Attorney – Victoria : City Pacific Lawyers

    Changes to Powers of Attorney – Victoria

    7 | Mar 2018

    On 1 May 2017 the Powers of Attorney Act 2014 (Vic) was amended by the Powers of Attorney Amendment Act 2016 (Vic). The amending Act introduced changes to clarify some operational and other matters associated with the making of a power of attorney. Further changes are forecast with the new Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions […]


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  10. Marriage, divorce and your Will – What you need to know : City Pacific Lawyers

    Marriage, divorce and your Will – What you need to know

    30 | Jan 2018

    About half of all Australians don’t have a valid Will. Of those who do, many put their Will away in the bottom drawer of their filing cabinet and never think of it again. But making a Will is not a once in a lifetime task. Rather, it’s something that needs to be reconsidered and perhaps […]


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