Live Webinar: The Impact of Death on Family Law Proceedings


Date:  Tuesday 21st May 2019 – Online:
Vic, NSW, Qld, ACT, Tas: 11am to 12.30pm 
SA & NT:  10.30am to 12noon 
WA: 9am to 10.30am

It’s not uncommon for relationship breakdown to occur later in life. This, coupled with extensive court delays, can mean death is an issue in a party’s family law matter. What is the effect of death, and imminent death, on the property aspects of matrimonial and de facto relationship breakdown under the Family Law Act? This session provides the answers. It covers:

  • Impact of death of a party before property proceedings are commenced

  • Continuation of property proceedings after the death of one party

  • Substituting the LPR of the deceased party as a party to the proceedings

  • What if the surviving spouse is the executor of the deceased party’s estate?

  • Death of both parties in the proceeding

  • Property of the parties – how does this change as a result of death of one of them?

  • What if the surviving spouse’s financial circumstances improve as a result of the other party’s death?

  • Imminent death of a party – how will the Court apply section 75(2) factors?

Our presenter

Cathie Blanchfield, Principal, Blanchfield Nicholls, Sydney South

For over 30 years Cathie has practised exclusively in family law and disputes.

Her work has focussed on primarily financial and property matters for married, de-facto and same sex couples. She is expert in resolving complex family financial arrangements and has extensive experience in dealing with parenting matters.

While it is often said the majority of a family lawyer's work may be at the end of the relationship, Cathie also advises clients who are preparing for cohabitation and drafts financial, or pre-nuptial agreements under the Family Law Act and the Property (Relationships) Act.

Cathie is widely lauded for her sensible and pragmatic approach to  family law and is known for driving effective settlement negotiations and encouraging alternatives to traditional Court processes.

Cathie has written and presented many papers on family law issues for continuing professional legal education (including on the relationship between bankruptcy and family law and binding financial agreements).

She is a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia and a member of Law Asia. For many years she was a member and, later, the Convenor of the Family Law Section of the City of Sydney Law Society.

Cathie has been recognised as a 'Leading Sydney Family & Divorce Lawyer' by the independently researched and peer nominated Doyles Guide for 2018, and in preceding years.

Along with Principal Nigel Nicholls, Cathie co-founded Blanchfield Nicholls in 2007.


This webinar is suitable for lawyers practising in family law – Australia wide. This webinar is for practitioners with some knowledge in this area and looking to improve their knowledge.


Live webinar delegates will receive a CPD certificate for attendance at this webinar.  Lawyers can claim up to 1.5 CPD units/points – substantive law.  This webinar has been designed to run for 1.5 hours, however, webinar lengths can vary depending on the level of questions and discussion, and the minimum length of the webinar is 1 hour.

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Once you’ve registered for the webinar, we send you a link so that you can login to the webinar from your computer. The speaker delivers the session from their computer in real time. Just like a live seminar, you can ask questions of the speaker. You simply type your question into the question box and the speaker responds to it during question time.
At the end of the webinar session we send you a certificate to confirm your attendance and the number of CPD hours you earned.

You will need a computer with sound, an internet connection and earphones if you need to participate in the webinar in an open office environment (so you don’t disrupt those around you).

Product Code: RBLMAY19
 Price:   $264.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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