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Bowen Buchbinder Vilensky (BBV) is one of Western Australia’s most respected law firms, delivering legal advice and solutions across a full range of practice areas.

BBV is the first significant law firm in Perth to offer legal services on a Fixed Fee Pricing basis – we no longer bill by the hour. This revolutionary approach focuses on delivering greater certainty and peace of mind to our clients. It is also consistent with our intent to become a firm of the future. In adopting Fixed Fee Pricing, BBV is helping shape the future of the legal profession into one that is more client focused and outcome driven.

Recognised by the Law Society of Western Australia as an Approved Quality Practice, BBV is also the proud winner of the prestigious Law Australasia Pursuit of Excellence Award.

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Wills, Legacies and Ruling from the Grave

By Morgan Solomon, Director at Bowen Buchbinder Vilensky Lawyers 

28 July 2015

The top story on News.com.au today is: “Dad leaves daughters $27m inheritance but there’s one catch”

It is reported that the Deceased, a wealthy New York Landlord named Mauriece Laboz, left his daughters (21 and 17 years old) a large estate worth $27m, but with restrictions around its use, including making any husbands of theirs sign pre-nuptial agreements, and on how much they receive per year for each child, but only if the child is born in wedlock, and getting bigger distributions of the Trust if they earn their own salaries (so encouraging self reliance).

Reading this article, it looks to me that there is more than one catch, but the premise is simple and is something we see quite often in estate planning.

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Posted on: Jul 28, 2015

Estate Disputes – The “Scorched Earth” Policy

By Morgan Solomon, Director at Bowen Buchbinder Vilensky Lawyers

23 June 2015

I read a very sad piece in the West Australian news yesterday:

‘BLAST MAN TOLD TO PAY DAMAGES’. See also here and here.

Mr Trevor Seaman was ordered to pay $103,188 in damages for blowing up his family home about 2 years ago. He was also jailed for more than 2 years for the same crime.

After the death of his father in 2008, a bitter family dispute arose:  Mr Seaman claimed that he had built the family home with his late father, and therefore had an interest in it and should remain living there with his wife and child.

In interviews with Police it is reported that Mr Seaman stated that on his father’s sudden death he had more right to the house than his three siblings.

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Posted on: Jun 23, 2015

What Interests The Estate Planning Professionals?

By Morgan Solomon, Director at Bowen Buchbinder Vilensky Lawyers

 19 June 2015

Yesterday I delivered a paper to the Tax Institute, on the concept of Control as it relates to Superannuation, Trusts and Succession generally.

The delegates,  largely from accounting practices around Perth but including a smattering of lawyers, are all tax professionals with deep experience in the complexities of Succession.

The points of my paper that most interested them were lessons to be learnt from these recent cases:

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