My last blog entry (https://www.weinberglawyers.com.au/single-post/2017/03/03/Keep-your-eye-on-the-prize-and-beware-of-Karma) described the consequences of unchecked sibling rivalry, which often leads to a court fight over a parent’s Will. A surprise ending to that story was that John (the brother) chose to not leave a valid Will. What John did leave was a note that provided my name and details as his sole contact person (with no mention of his sister, Jane). However, that fe
“There’s no fight quite like a family fight”, and “sibling rivalry is a special kind of conflict”. I acted in a case where the surviving parent (a father) died and left a Will. The Will made both surviving children, let’s call them “John” and “Jane”, equal executors and beneficiaries to the father’s estate. John and Jane could have, cooperatively and peacefully, divided the estate between themselves and, as fairy-tales conclude, “lived happily ever after”. That was not to be.