You need to take the good with the bad

25 May, 2018

When acting in litigation, it is essential to take detailed instructions about any circumstances that weaken your client’s case in addition to those that support the case. In one claim, the practitioner acted for a claimant in a claim under Part IV of the Administration and Probate Act 1958 (Vic) against the estate of her […]

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Risk video bite – Family law financial agreements

4 May, 2018

Presenter: Alex Macmillan, Claims Manager, LPLC

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A risk to avoid in the TFM list

13 April, 2018

Failing to comply with paragraph 7.2 of the Testator Family Maintenance List Practice Note SC CL 7 could expose you to a cost order. The Supreme Court issued a notice on 11 December 2017 informing practitioners that as of 1 March 2018 they were expected to comply with paragraph 7.2 by 2pm on the Friday […]

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In Check Issue 78 | March 2018

27 March, 2018

Cyber fraud – it can happen to you No firm is immune from cyber-criminals and their fake emails. We are seeing an increase in attempts to steal money by hackers masquerading as either the client or the lawyer in fake emails. Below is a summary of two of our recent notifications. The law firm duped […]

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Will it be right?

1 March, 2018

Mistakes in the preparation of wills can be avoided with careful proofreading. In the 2016-17 policy year, wills and estates claims accounted for 11.7 per cent of the total cost of claims and 8.4 per cent of the total number. In the previous 10-year period, these figures were 6.8 per cent and 3.2 per cent […]

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High Court decision underlines vulnerability of financial agreements

9 February, 2018

The recent High Court case of Thorne v Kennedy [2017] HCA 49 further illustrates why family law financial agreements are fraught with risk. In that case, the plurality comprising Kiefel CJ, Bell, Gageler, Keane and Edelman JJ held two substantially identical financial agreements voidable due to undue influence and unconscionable conduct. The parties met online […]

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Snapshot – Family law

6 February, 2018

Snapshots provide data and main causes of claims in areas of practice as well as risk management strategies at a glance. Click the image to enlarge or download above.                        

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In Check Issue 77 | December 2017

12 December, 2017

Thorne v Kennedy on financial agreements The recent High Court case of Thorne v Kennedy [2017] HCA 49 further illustrates why family law financial agreements are fraught with risk. In that case, Kiefel CJ, Bell, Gageler, Keane and Edelman JJ held two substantially identical financial agreements voidable due to undue influence and unconscionable conduct. Nettle […]

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Managing risks in the wills and estates area

27 October, 2017

LPLC has published Wills and estates, the latest in our series of snapshots which are designed to provide data about claims against practitioners in specific practice areas as well as risk management strategies at a glance. This snapshot shows that between 2007 and 2017, claims in the wills and estates area accounted for eight per […]

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Time to retire retirement village claims

20 October, 2017

Since 2013/14 LPLC has seen 18 claims involving aged care facilities and retirement villages. The current estimate of the cost of these claims is in excess of $4million. Claims arise in the three main areas of: buying and selling retirement villages or aged care facilities advising on retirement village contracts for residents drafting wills. With […]

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