The South Australian Law Reform Institute is presently examining South Australia’s family inheritance law as part of its reference into succession law. The Institute is an independent non-partisan law reform body based at the Adelaide University Law School.
As part of the consultation for its current examination of South Australia’s family inheritance law, the Institute visited Mount Gambier on Friday 7 April 2017 and Berri on Monday 10 April 2017 to speak direct to succession lawyers and members of the community about their experiences of the current law and views on potential reform issues and options.
The visits were funded by a grant from the Law Foundation of South Australia.
The panel for each forum was Dr David Plater (SALRI Deputy Director), Dr Sylvia Villios (Lecturer in succession law at Adelaide Law School) and Sarah Moulds (SALRI Senior Project Officer).
The Institute is keen to gain a regional and rural perspective, especially about the issues that confront farming families and estates.
Dr Plater observed:
‘We are grateful for the warm response and interest in both Mt Gambier and Berri in our visits. It was a real pleasure to speak to regional media and to be able to consult with members of the legal profession and the community in Berri and Mt Gambier. They brought to the discussion valuable first hand insight based on their experience in their communities. It is clear that family inheritance, especially for farming estates, is a real concern and an important and topical issue.’
Over 20 local legal practitioners and over 15 members of the community attended the Mount Gambier and Berri sessions. Their comments and suggestions, particularly those reflecting regional and rural concerns, will be carefully considered in the Institute’s forthcoming Report.
Sarah Moulds explained that: ‘There are a range of ways to be involved in this important reference, no matter where you live. Jump online and complete our short survey, watch one of our case study videos or get in touch with the SALRI team to make a time to talk face to face.’
Further information about the reference and how to share your views with SALRI is available at: https://www.yoursay.sa.gov.au/decisions/looking-after-one-another/about. Consultation closes on 15 May 2017. The Institute is keen to hear from any interested person.
The Institute intends to release its Report later this year. Any decision on implementing any recommendations will be for the State Government and Parliament.