Our Wills and Estates Newsletter for March 2013 is now available here.

The amendments in 1998 to the Administration and Probate Act 1958 (Vic) significantly widened the class of eligible applicants in Testator’s Family Maintenance proceedings, giving non-family members an opportunity to make a claim on a deceased’s estate.

However, since then very few non-family members have succeeded at trial in proving that the deceased had a “responsibility to make provision” for them.

In the newsletter, we provide a summary of the recent case of Borebor v Keane [2013] VSC 35 where the Plaintiff was awarded a provision of $675,000 because the deceased had a de facto father-daughter relationship with her.

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