What do the Government’s revised superannuation changes mean for you?

October 11th, 2016 by
Superannuation changes

The revised superannuation reforms have recently been announced. Nathan Yii, Principal Lawyer & SMSF Advisor of Nathan Yii Lawyers, spoke to Insights regarding the reforms. He is also delivering an intensive superannuation course for the College of Law in November 2016 and March 2017.

“The proposed changes will affect all Australians – some individuals will be worse off but others will be better off. Some might not even be bothered,” said Yii. “High net worth individuals who have higher balances in superannuation are likely to feel the pinch more as the changes either restrict them making contributions to superannuation or reduce the tax-breaks which were available in previous years.”

Practitioner Profile: Christopher Hill-Smith, Principal, Appleton Law

May 17th, 2016 by

Insights recently spoke with Christopher Hill-Smith, who founded Newcastle-based law firm Appleton Law after completing his LLM (Applied Law) majoring in Wills and Estates with the College of Law. Hill-Smith talked to Insights regarding his reasons for specialising in wills and estates, the benefits of obtaining his Masters through the College of Law, and the advice he had for those interested in striking out into succession, wills and estates law.

Fate of Digital Assets: What happens to your digital self when you die?

April 19th, 2016 by
Digital Assets

We live the vast part of our lives online and via digital devices. Banking, shopping, socialising, working – all are enabled by cloud storage accounts, smart phone apps, laptops and desktops, and secure websites, many of which are password-encrypted.

While it’s common knowledge one should prepare a will for one’s physical assets, what do you do with your less tangible digital assets – like Facebook logins, PayPal passwords, or Google Drive access?

To explore this issue, Insights spoke with Natalie Darcy, Adjunct Lecturer at the College of Law.

Celebrating 100 Years of Family Provision Law in NSW

February 3rd, 2015 by
Family Provision

2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the commencement of family provision legislation in NSW. A relatively late adopter of the law, NSW has come a long way towards embracing different family dynamics since its origin a century ago. Its evolution in the state has been steady but varied, and its progress reflects the changing social attitudes of our society.

Power of Will – How not to be an Average Wills and Estates Lawyer

December 2nd, 2014 by
Wills and Estates Lawyer

Nobody wants one, but everybody needs one. Wills and estates lawyers serve an invaluable purpose in our society – yet between familial disputes over a dead relative’s estate, the pressures of interpreting a client’s wishes, and the emotional implications of dealing with life and death, a career in wills and estates can be a challenge. Fortunately, Insights has compiled advice from some leading Wills and Estates experts to ensure your time as a wills and estates lawyer will be one for the headlines, not the obituaries.

College Award Winners Spring to Victory

October 30th, 2014 by
Amy Evans

Last week the College of Law hosted its Spring 2014 Academic Awards Ceremony, conferring degrees and diplomas upon 65 graduates of the Applied Law programs. While everyone was a star that night, there were two graduating students who stood out: Amy Evans, who took home the Best Graduating Student Prize in the Master of Laws (Applied Law) majoring in In-house Practice; and Michael Eyers, bagging the de Groots Prize for the Best Graduating Student in the Master of Laws (Applied Law) majoring in Wills and Estates.

How to better utilise the right of trustees to seek judicial advice

December 6th, 2013 by

Executors and administrators and other trustees, unlike the rest of us mere mortals, enjoy certain special privileges in our legal system. One of these is the right to apply to the Supreme Court under section 63 of the Trustee Act 1925 (NSW) for ‘an opinion, advice or direction on any question respecting the management or administration of the trust property, or respecting the interpretation of the trust instrument’.