Family Provisions Act and Wills Disputes

Thursday 5th November, 2015 9:30 am – Thursday 5th November, 2015 11:30 am
The Law Society of Western Australia
Level 5, 160 St Georges Terrace Perth

This two part seminar will look at the following related topics: first, the impact of Mead v Lemon on the future of family provision law in Western Australia and, second, how the risk of a family provision claim might be minimised through careful estate planning.

In looking at the impact of Mead v Lemon, speakers will examine what factors led to the award of such a substantial amount, how the expert evidence was received and whether and to what extent detailed evidence of “need” is still a must in the context of a claim against a large estate. Mead v Lemon is a strong illustration of the breadth of the court’s discretion under s.6 of the Family Provisions Act.

The second part of this seminar will look at estate planning strategy to minimise the risk of a claim. It will identify the “trade-offs” inherent in some of those strategies and discuss what factors to consider in achieving the right balance.

Level: Intermediate

  • 2 points Competency 4 Substantive Law


Sponsored by


David Fleming
HFM Legal

Sally Bruce
Special Counsel
Jackson McDonald

Charmaine Holyoak-Roberts
John Toohey Chambers

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