Chloe Kopilovic

Chloe is a lawyer practicing in business and corporate law and succession law (wills and estates). In the business and corporate area, Chloe focuses on corporate structuring, asset protection, corporate governance, smsf compliance and mergers and acquisitions. In the area of succession (wills and estates), Chloe focuses on estate planning, administration and litigation.

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Back to basics – making sure your Will is signed correctly

Back to basics – making sure your Will is signed correctly

I prepare Wills on a weekly basis. Once a client’s Will is finalised, I will forward it to them along with signing instructions, should the client wish to sign their Will independently. If this is an option they chose, I follow up and reiterate that they must follow the signing instructions. Unfortunately, I have many […]

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Testamentary Trusts – A Double Edged Sword

Testamentary Trusts – A Double Edged Sword

A lot of clients look at me with confusion when I suggest a testamentary trust for them. I immediately receive questions like: What is it? How does it work? Do I need one? I have answered some of the general questions I receive below, to give you a snap shot of what testamentary trusts are, […]

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Having an estate plan is more than just having a will

Having an estate plan is more than just having a will

There seems to be a common misconception that having an estate plan is for wealthy people. Wrong. Having an estate plan is for everyone. It is about being prepared, minimising risk and making sure your loved ones receive the benefit of your estate. Today, there are many factors which influence an estate plan. Simply having […]

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Who is a child, and can they make a claim against your estate?

Who is a child, and can they make a claim against your estate?

In Queensland, for the purposes of making an application for further provision from an estate, a child is eligible. However, the definition of ‘child’ is three fold. Effectively, a child of a deceased includes: A natural child; An adopted child; or A step-child. Who are natural children? Under section 40 of the Succession Act 1981 […]

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Estrangement – are you in or are you out?

Estrangement – are you in or are you out?

Although unfortunate, it is common that parent and child are unable to forge out their issues. However, the result in some circumstances means their relationship is marred by estrangement. Estrangement between a deceased and a child seems to be a recurring issue that is raised with me by clients involved in a family provision claim. […]

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What happens to my estate if I die without a will?

What happens to my estate if I die without a will?

When you pass away without leaving a valid will, you are deemed to have died intestate. This means that your estate will be administered and distributed according to legislation. The benefit of having a will is that you can appoint an executor to administer your estate and dictate how you wish for your estate to […]

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What is your excuse for not having a will?

What is your excuse for not having a will?

When you die, you die. Nothing can be done from the grave that you haven’t planned for already. I’ve had many clients come in during their twilight years to make their first will. As surprising as this may seem, it’s actually quite common. The following are the reasons I hear most often about clients not […]

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Caveats over wills – use wisely

Caveats over wills – use wisely

Where there are questions as to the validity of a will, lodging a caveat over the will is an option which will give you time to investigate your questions. Having said that, there can be severe cost implications where a caveat is not for its proper purpose, so it is important to act reasonably and […]

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Not all is lost if you can’t find the original will

Not all is lost if you can’t find the original will

Recently, I have received a number of enquiries where a deceased’s original will cannot be found. When an original will cannot be found, a grant of probate can still be obtained on a copy of a lost will, however, the process is different to where there is an original will. How can I obtain a […]

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Disentitling Conduct – Mind your manners

Disentitling Conduct – Mind your manners

I am often asked by clients about “disentitling conduct” in the context of a claim for further provision from an estate by a child of a deceased. Clients generally raise with me things that the claimant has done to the deceased and the deceased’s family throughout the deceased’s lifetime, and want to know whether the […]

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