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 Recorded Webinar: Cut Off and Cut Out: Estrangement in Family Provision Applications

Date: Friday 5th November 2021
Duration: Approximately 1 Hour

Families behaving badly is not an uncommon state of affairs, but when making decisions on claims by estranged family members, courts have had to look at the bigger picture. This session will analyse recent trends in judgments concerning claims by estranged adult children, and provide guidance to practitioners in advising clients in such circumstances both when preparing wills and bringing or defending claims, including:

  • How far does estrangement affect the outcome in a family provision claim? Is estrangement in itself enough to prevent a claim?
  • Will a moral duty trump estrangement? Wright v Wright [2016] QDC 74
  • The “financial need” test: Rogers v Rogers [2018] NSWSC 1982
  • The relevance of conduct:
  • The effect of long periods of estrangement: Larkin v Leech-Larkin [2017] NSWSC 1418; Burke v Burke [2015] NSWCA 195; Wright v Wright [2016] QDC 74
  • Attempts at reconciliation: Jodell v Woods [2017] NSWSC 143; Neal v Neal [2018] NSWSC
  • Violence and abuse: Christie v Christie [2016] WASC 45; Pulitano v Pulitano [2019] NSWSC 1688
  • Taking instructions: the importance of information on the family dynamic
  • Preparing for challenges from estranged family members – what do you need to tell your client?
  • Statements accompanying wills to support the decisions or exclusions: what should they say?
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Margaret Pringle, Barrister, Sydney

Margaret was admitted as a solicitor in February 2001, after an earlier career as a registered nurse.  She worked with the former Public Trustee (now NSW Trustee & Guardian) specialising in Equity litigation involving deceased estates, particularly family provision and intestate entitlement.  In 2007 she was awarded a Master of Jurisprudence from the University of Sydney. 

Margaret was called to the NSW Bar in May 2010, and practices primarily in the Succession and Protective Lists of the Equity Division of the Supreme Court of NSW. 


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


Lawyers can claim up to 1 CPD unit/point – substantive law.  This webinar has been designed to run for 1 hour, however, webinar lengths can vary depending on the level of questions and discussion.

WA lawyers – From April 1st 2021, due to the new requirements we are unable to verify your completion of recorded webinars to the Legal Practice Board of WA.

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Product Code: WBDNOV21
 Price:  $269.50 (Inclusive of GST)
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