Is your money really yours? While a capitalist may answer ‘yes’ and a rabbi may answer, “it’s entrusted to you by G-d to be used in accordance with G-d’s Directives”, the lawyer has another answer, and he presented it to a group of Melbourne Businessmen ● Full Story, Pictures
Is your money really yours? While a capitalist may answer ‘yes’ and a rabbi may answer, “it’s entrusted to you by G-d to be used in accordance with G-d’s Directives”, the lawyer has another answer.
Experienced barrister and community activist, John Searle presented a session on laws of probate and disputed wills. His answer is temporarily; your money is fully yours during your life. Afterwards, a judge has the option to override the deceased individual’s wishes in the interest of ‘fairness’. The judge can award extra to some, give less than the will calls for to others and add extra people as beneficiaries of the will.
John outlined time limits for applications, principles relevant to applications for an extension of time, the meaning of ‘final distribution and ‘delay without prejudice’ and other topics. The lecture also touched on areas of particular Jewish concern and contrasts with Jewish law. Ably chaired by Rabbi Chaim Herzog, director of Chabad CBD and arranged by rabbi Dovid Leib Shmerling, attendees, both lawyers and lay people were grateful for the interesting lecture.
One comment which expressed the feelings of all of them was, “John’s presentation was engaging, clear and relevant. Thank you.”