Death creates grief and sometimes grief overwhelms good sense and creates greed leading to disputes. Making a will is the best way to smooth the process of transferring your estate once you die.
Paper copies of wills haven’t gone extinct yet, but online estate tools have brought will preparation into the 21st century.
Online tools promise to democratize estate planning and will preparation, but users are responsible for complying with state laws.
What happens to our online data after we die? From memorial Facebook pages to password security, a project at Deakin University is exploring the pitfalls and possibilities of “data after death”.
Joan Kroc gave much to charity during her life and in her will after inheriting the McDonald’s fortune.
AP Photo/Bill Cramer
Far fewer Americans include plans for bequests to nonprofits in their wills than give to charity on a regular basis. The pandemic could be a good reason to change that.
More and more states are allowing people to use Zoom to finish their wills.
Dying without a will can cause all sorts of problems for families.
In 1948, as Cecil George Harris lay dying after a tractor accident, he scratched a final message into the vehicle’s fender.
illustration supplied by: Impact Studios/Dinalie Dabarera.
Courts have had to consider whether an eggshell, a tractor fender, a petticoat hem, graffiti on a wall, and a poem might be valid wills. They’ve shown surprising flexibility in judgment.
Formally planning ahead in case of illness or injury can provide you a voice when you may no longer have one - here’s our guide
There is a gap in most people’s knowledge – experiential poverty – about how to deal with death.
A surprising case in Queensland, Australia is changing the way we think about what can be used an official document after your death.
An unsent text message can be a will, an Australian court has decided.
Modern courts may be flexible in working out what your will is after you die, but that doesn’t mean you should be complacent.
Charities’ victory in inheritance case a relief for legacy fundraisers, but raises wider questions about individuals’ motives.
Do people have an obligation to leave their money to estranged family members?
Not dead yet, Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook.
When Facebook accidentally listed millions of users as “dead” in an embarrassing glitch it was a reminder that everyone needs to plan for their own digital death.
Passing the halfway point of the election campaign, The Conversation took an in-depth look at three key seats in Victoria.
Greens candidate for Batman, Alex Bhathal, on the campaign trail at Preston Market.
The Greens, who already hold the seat of Melbourne, are making a big play for two nearby Labor-held seats – Batman and Wills.
Greens leader Richard Di Natale (right) and Greens candidate for Grayndler Jim Casey are eyeing off the inner-Sydney seat.
With the election result almost certain to be close, preferencing will play a key role, leaving the progressive parties in particular in a difficult bind.
Anthony Albanese has well-honed political skills, displayed both within the Labor Party and electorally.
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is not the only senior politician having conniptions about his seat. Anthony Albanese was in his New South Wales electorate of Grayndler on Monday, the first full day…
All religions, including Islam can influence the legal decisions of individuals.
In March this year the ACT Supreme Court overturned a will made by an elderly Muslim lady called Mariem Omari. Her daughter contested the estate and the court found that because Omari signed the will while…
Only a minority of Australians leave a charitable bequest in their wills, a recent study from Swinburne University of Technology…