Contesting a Will “No Win No Fee” - What You Need To Know

By Andrew O’Bryan

Many lawyers act in Will Contest Cases in Victoria “No Win No Fee”. In a “No Win No Fee” cost agreement, a lawyer agrees with the client not to charge any fees for their services unless and until the client “wins” their case. The lawyer agrees to take the risk that the case might be “lost” – and if this happens, …

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A new era - changes to contesting Wills and Estates in Victoria

By Andrew O’Bryan

A new Act in Victoria makes significant changes to those people who are eligible to contest Wills and Estates as well as to the factors that will now be considered by the court in determining the outcome of claims. The Justice Legislation Amendment (Succession and Surrogacy) Act 2014 (“the new A…

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Why Victorians need to make or update their will in 2015

By Andrew O’Bryan

Recent changes to Victorian law make it more important for residents to be updating or making a Will. As of the 1st of January 2015, laws apply which require the Court to have regard to the reasons for the deceased making dispositions in their Will. Adding a note of explanation may avoid family…

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