Family Provision Matters
What are Family Provision Matters?
Family provision matters occur when an eligible person makes a claim against a deceased person’s estate.
Section 57 of the Succession Act 2006 (NSW) states that the following persons are eligible to make a claim:
1. a surviving spouse of the deceased person;
2. a person who was living in a de-facto relationship with the deceased person;
3. a child of a deceased person, including an adopted child;
4. a former divorced husband or wife of the deceased;
5. a person who was:
a. wholly or partly dependent on the deceased person;
b. a member of the household of the deceased person; or
c. a person who was in a close relationship with the deceased person.
The above-mentioned eligible persons can make a claim if:
1. they were dependent on the deceased;
2. the share of the deceased’s property is not adequate for their maintenance and support;
3. the relationship between the deceased and the eligible persons began after the last Will was made;
4. the Will does not provide enough for the eligible persons who were ex-partners or children from previous marriages or de facto relationships;
5. the eligible persons believe that the Will is grossly unfair;
6. the eligible persons can prove that the Will maker was not in sound mind when the Will was prepared;
7. the eligible persons can prove that the Will maker was unduly influenced by one or more of the other beneficiaries of
the Will; or
8. the Will is not clear.
Once the Supreme Court has determined that you are an eligible person to make a family provision claim the Court will then assess whether adequate provision has been made for you by the deceased.