Members May Roundtable This Thursday - Civil Partnership Act
The Civil Partnerships Act 2011 (Qld) has been heralded as a welcome step forward, giving same-sex partners the option of entering into a legally-binding relationship. There are, however, some difficult issues posed for estate practitioners:
- There are some differences between the Queensland Act and the similar legislation already enacted in other States and in the UK.
- In some situations, a person could be party to more than one civil partnership (in different States or jurisdictions), at the same time.
- The potential for concurrent civil partnerships could have a significant impact on the parties' wills, and other aspects of their estate-planning.
Christine Smyth and Richard Williams will examine these questions, and provide some practical suggestions for estate practitioners when dealing with clients who are civil partners.