Apr 2016

Landlords and Tenants – protect your leases, or else…

It was not usual practice in Western Australia for tenants to register leases or lodge caveats; landlords did not want to clog up their certificates of title with expired encumbrances and tenants did not want to incur additional costs at the commencement of their leases. This is changing. One...



Mar 2016

“O Death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” (1)

– Is it acting as an executor?A family member asks you to be the executor of their will. You’re flattered and agree immediately, but what are you letting yourself in for?First, the deceased’s assets have to be protected. This may mean changing locks on the deceased’s residence.Next you will...



Feb 2016

The importance of current death benefit nominations

The executor of a deceased estate that wanted to be appointed a trustee of a self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) under the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 (SIS Act) in place of the deceased trustee/member, had its appeal dismissed by the Supreme Court of Western Australia recently. The case, Ioppolo...