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Szabo & Associates Solicitors is a small and dynamic firm with extensive experience in providing legal services to the Sydney area and greater New South Wales.

Stepchildren and Inheritance: Preventing Problems for Stepchildren

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It is not uncommon in modern families for there to be a blend of biological, step and sometimes adopted children. When it comes to inheritance, however, stepchildren are not treated the same as other children.

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Sibling Rivalry Over an Inheritance: Can Litigation Be Avoided?

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Disputes between siblings over inheritance are not uncommon. These types of conflict can end up in court, leaving a judge to interpret the Will and decide on how an inheritance should be split. However, parents can help to avoid such disputes. Strategies might include ensuring wishes are set out and explained clearly in a Will, by setting up a trust, using non-siblings as executor or trustee, and giving lifetime gifts.

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The 5-Step Approach of the Family Court to Property Settlement Entitlements: Further Considerations During COVID-19

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When separating parties are unable to come to an agreement on how to divide their property, they can apply to the court for a property settlement determination. The court will make an order on their behalf. In doing so, the court follows a five-step process to decide how to split the couple’s property fairly.

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What Is the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Parenting Orders?

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COVID-19 does not affect the validity of existing parenting orders. It remains the case that compliance with orders is required unless the child is at risk of exposure if placed in the other parent’s care.

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Can I Get My Will Witnessed Virtually?

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The answer to the question posed is that you are currently able to sign and have witnessed several legal documents, without the need for a physical presence, including Wills, Powers of Attorney and Enduring Powers of Attorney. The NSW Government introduced a temporary regulation earlier this year in response to the social distancing requirements brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The regulation is designed to reduce the need for face-to-face contact by permitting a signature to be witnessed by audio-visual links such as Zoom or Skype.

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