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Tougher penalties for abuse of Enduring Power of Attorney

Tougher penalties for abuse of Enduring Power of Attorney

On 1 September 2015, the Powers of Attorney Act 2014 (The Act) introduced new civil and criminal penalties for misuse of an enduring power of attorney. The penalties include a fine of up to $91,000 or up to five years imprisonment.

New powers of attorney

New powers of attorney

From 1 September 2015, new powers of attorneys will come into effect in Victoria.

Facebook Introduces 'Legacy Contacts'

Facebook Introduces 'Legacy Contacts'

Congratulations to Facebook for introducing a system to allow some management of a person’s Facebook account after the person’s death.

Should a murderer be allowed to be a beneficiary?

Should a murderer be allowed to be a beneficiary?

In Victoria the law prevents a person who has unlawfully killed another person from benefiting under the deceased person’s will.  This is called the Forfeiture Rule.  An exception applies where the killer is found not guilty by reason of mental impairment.