New inheritance laws in the pipeline
Proposed new laws on inheritance have passed the lower house of Parliament.
Backers say the current rules – which are more than 100 years old – fail to recognize the modern family.
Many families these days are blended, with either second spouses or cohabitors and step-children.
Under the current rules many members of these families would have no right of inheritance. The new rules will allow more flexibility for the will-writer.
The proposals received cross party support with the backing of the government.
It now goes to the Senate.