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Published by Terry McCabe
May 31, 2016 in Private Clients

Excluding family members from your will? Be careful

Earlier this month, the High Court, in its judgement in Badenach v Calvert [2016] HCA 18, clarified the scope of duty of care which a solicitor owes towards an intended beneficiary of his client’s will. FactsA solicitor prepared a will for his client, who died shortly after executing the will. Under the will, the entire estate of the client was to pass to a sole beneficiary. Unbeknownst to the solicitor, the client had previously been...

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