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The conference will be based on our highly successful video webinar technology: there’ll be a chairperson, a panel of experts, presentations and discussion – and you’ll have an opportunity to ask questions.
Session 1: Setting Aside a Financial Agreement – When the Gloves are Off
Your client wants a financial agreement set aside. What is the best course of attack? And what are the consequences of setting aside the agreement? Understanding the residual rights and obligations that arise if a financial agreement is set aside is key in giving proper advice to your clients. This session covers:
- What do current case law developments say on setting aside financial agreements? Understanding the common grounds of attack
- Setting aside financial agreements under the ordinary laws of contract following Thorne v Kennedy – undue influence, misrepresentation and fraud
- Impacts on enforceability - third party interests
- Can the arrival of children be a ground to set aside?
- Domestic violence – a future ground for attack?
- Damages, financial agreements and lawyers’ liability - use of court’s accrued jurisdiction to have a damages claim against the lawyer heard at same time as the hearing in relation to financial agreements
- Rights of creditors versus trustees in bankruptcy to set aside financial agreements
Session 2: Accounting for All the Pieces – Financial Resources and Property Settlements
The Courts will look at parties’ financial resources as a factor in property settlements. Financial resource has a broad meaning. This practical session will look at some of the more challenging issues involving financial resources and includes:
- What is a financial resource – understanding which items make it onto the balance sheet
- Section 75(2) of the Family Law Act and future financial benefit:
- a future pension entitlement
- future inheritance
- moral obligations and wishes
- long service leave
- tax losses
- overseas superannuation
- Spousal maintenance and financial resources
- Case law update
Session 3: Property of the Parties or a Financial Resource? Accounting for a Discretionary Trust
The outcome of a family property matter can vary considerably depending on whether trust property is found to be part of the pool or a financial resource. But how do you determine when a trust is in or out of the pool? The cases are confusing. This session helps you understand the impact of trusts on property matters in the family law jurisdiction:
- The interest of a discretionary object defined
- Is the interest of a discretionary object property for the purposes of the FLA?
- Can family trust property be property of the parties?
- Can the interest of a discretionary object be a financial resource?
- A review of the cases: property of the parties or financial resource?
- Different trust situations – do they lead to different results?
- family trust the alter ego of the parties
- testamentary trusts – parents of the parties
- inter vivos trusts for more than one family
- assets of companies owned by discretionary trusts