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The Bigger the Estate, the Bigger the Potential Claims. The Olivia Mead Story – Mead v Lemon  WASC 71
By Morgan Solomon, Director at Bowen Buchbinder Vilensky Lawyers
27 February 2015
Three weeks ago I wrote a blog about how the Olivia Mead case went right to the heart of Inheritance claims: just what is adequate and proper provision for a beneficiary?
On 26 February 2015, Master Craig Sanderson of the WA Supreme Court handed down his decision in this case, awarding Ms Mead the sum of $25 million from the estate of her iron ore magnate father, the late Michael Wright (see Mead v Lemon  WASC 71). In doing so, the Master found that the $3m trust she was left was inadequate and improper.
This case made headlines for some of the more colourful ways in which Ms Mead had expressed her claim.
Posted on: Feb 27, 2015
By Les Buchbinder, Director at Bowen Buchbinder Vilensky Lawyers
25 February 2015
Changes to Australia’s Privacy Act in March 2014 have important implications for all government agencies, including schools, in the way that they collect, store and manage personal information.
Schools should consider the following 10 points relating to personal information and sensitive information which comes into their possession.
- Risk assessment – identifying the security risks to personal information held by the school and the consequences of a breach of security;
- Privacy impact assessments – evaluating in a systematic way, the degree to which proposed or existing information systems align with the good privacy practice align with good privacy practice and legal obligations;
- Policy development – developing a policy or a range of policies that implement measures, practices and procedures to reduce the identified risks to information security;
- Staff training – training staff and managers in security and fraud awareness;
- The appointment of a responsible person or position – creating a designated position within the school to deal with issues of data security and data security breaches as well as in relation to issues of confidentiality.
Posted on: Feb 25, 2015
By Morgan Solomon, Director and Head of Wills and Estates Planning at Bowen Buchbinder Vilensky Lawyers
18 February 2015
At least 45% of us don’t have a properly drafted and considered Will. There are all kinds of reasons why not. For example, wanting to avoid having to make major decisions about who to leave your assets to. Wanting to avoid possible arguments with a partner or spouse about such decisions. Believing that Wills are only for the wealthy, or thinking that preparing a Will requires more time and money than it actually does.
One of the biggest reasons why people put off making a Will is because they don’t understand the consequences of not having a Will. There is a commonly held but vaguely articulated idea that a husband, wife or partner or the kids will ‘get everything anyway.’ But that is not what happens. If you die without a Will, known as dying intestate, there are strict rules on who is entitled to receive what.
Posted on: Feb 18, 2015
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