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Aretha Franklin died without a Will. Don’t get caught in the same trap.

The world is still mourning the loss of the original Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, after her death earlier this month. It has now come to light that despite her legal and financial advisors pushing for her to get her affairs in order, she passed away without having a will or any form of trust structure in place. Her family is now faced with a battle over the assets she has left behind, with proceedings being filed in a Michigan court last week. The debate over the estate will be particularly complex as there are ongoing monies that will be payable to the estate courtesy of royalties from her significant back catalogue of songs. This makes it virtually impossible to estimate how much the es

So you think you can Fundraise

The plight of our drought-stricken farmers has touched the hearts and minds of the nation, prompting an outpouring of goodwill and the organisation of numerous fundraising campaigns including food drives and sausage sizzles. So, are there any legal requirements that you must keep in mind if you want to hold your own fundraising event to help out? The short answer is yes. In NSW, charitable fundraising is regulated by the Charitable Fundraising Act and Regulation, which is overseen by NSW Fair Trading. Under this law, if you wish to fundraise in NSW for a charitable purpose (and fundraising to help the welfare of farmers would fall within this definition) you generally need to obtain a charit

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