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We are excited to let you know that we will shortly be proud to offer The Family Law Practice Manual by Peter Szabo. Peter is an acknowledged leader among Family Lawyers. He has been at the cutting edge in the development of Family Law. He was involved in the famous case of Ascot Investments and Harper. This 1980 High Court decision remains definitive of third party rights in the Family Court. His main focus now on the interaction between Family Law, asset protection and succession planning.

  • Accredited Family  Law Specialist;
  • Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers – www.iaml.org
  • A trained mediator; and
  • A trained collaborative lawyer

The  fusion  of  de  facto and  same  sex  couples  under   the Family Law umbrella likewise  highlights the need for families, particularly those  involved in family businesses  to consider the ramifications of these developments. Failure  to do so can result  in unwanted consequences on  family breakdown. Not to mention the emotional distress and legal costs  involved.

Financial  Agreements (often called  Prenuptial Agreements) can be constructively minimise those complications. In recent decisions of various  State Supreme Courts  testamentary intentions expressed in such  an agreement has been  taken into  consideration in determining whether to allow  a claim on an estate. A properly constructed agreement with reasonable terms  can  achieve  this  result.  Willmakers can  to this  extent add   a  defence to  a  claim   by   a  widow/widower.  This  is becoming a very  important issue with Greying Australia and the increasing incidence of Blended Families.

Other publications by Peter Szabo

  • The Family Court Practice Manual (since1985), published by the Leo Cussen Institute of Victoria and now  in its 6th  edition.
  • The Family Law Practice Manual – published by Documents Online
  • Family  Law Financial  Settlements – Law Book  Company
  • Tax Issues in Family Law – the difference between Hacking and Carving
  • The Family Breakdown chapter in the CCH Master Financial  Planning  Guide
  • Numerous papers annually for presentation

 

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