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Extraordinary Estates and Adequate Provision: Mead v Lemon; a recent decision highlights the power of the Court’s discretion

Authors: Simon Lusk

On 26 February 2015 the Supreme Court of Western Australia delivered judgment inMead v Lemon [2015] WASC 71. Master Sanderson, in the exercise of his discretion, determined that a cash payment to the plaintiff of $25 million represented ‘adequate provision’ for the purposes of her Family Provision Act 1972 (WA) (the Act) claim. The decision may have an enduring impact on the resolution of high value estate disputes under the Act, and its State and Territory equivalents.

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