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Published by Andrew Lacey
Oct 10, 2019 in Estate Planning

De facto partners and the law of intestacy – it’s all about the facts

Last week the Supreme Court of New South Wales handed down judgment in an estate dispute where it applied the law of intestacy to a complex factual scenario involving a de facto partner who was in a secret relationship with the deceased: Estate of the late Shirley Joan Violet Gardner; Bernengo v Leaney [2019] NSWSC 1324. The decision affirms that any determination about the existence of a de facto relationship involves an empirical investigation...
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