Succession Law Reform in NSW – 2011 update

Speech by Rosalind F Croucher*, Succession Law Conference, Blue Mountains Annual Law Conference, 17 September 2011

1. Introduction

Last year I had the chance to speak at this conference about the implementation of the uniform succession laws project, driven by a National Committee. Rather than do an ‘update on an update’, I thought I would concentrate in today’s presentation on some of the knottier and more frequently litigated areas of succession law.

I am assuming a reasonable familiarity with the basics in the areas and an appreciation that the various statutes have been consolidated into the Succession Act 2006 (NSW), although the old law remains largely relevant, particularly in relation to wills and family provision.

* President, Australian Law Reform Commission; Professor of Law, Macquarie University. The views expressed in this paper are those of the author and do not represent views of the Australian Law Reform Commission.