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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 10 October 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 10 OCTOBER 2015 27 OPINION OPINION CHRISTOS ILIOPOULOS* If there’s no Will, who gets what? Greeks are not prone to leaving a Will, unless perhaps they are very old and/ or ill. Superstition may be the reason, or just unwillingness to plan what will happen after someone's passing. When the deceased has not left a Will, intestate succession laws kick in. Greek law provides that if there is no Will, the surviving issue (children or grandchildren) get three quarters, or 75 per cent, of the estate, while the surviving spouse gets the remaining one quarter, or 25 per cent. For instance, if the deceased left assets of total value of €200,000, and no Will, and her close of kin are her husband and their three children, the intestate succession means that the husband will inherit as- LETTERS Exodus of refugess The exodus of thousands of refugees continues with no end in sight. Those victims of human insanity hand their life savings to smugglers to show them the way to the land of milk and honey. We see legitimate war refugees, asylum seekers, economic migrants and opportunists crossing borders and running to escape authorities; we see mayhem in progress; we see people climbing up on trains; we see poor souls crammed in rickety boats, jampacked in trucks like sardines; see corpses floating in open seas; we see children, men and women risking their lives to escape human madness and cruelty of biblical proportions; and we see absolute disorder caused by a human virus triggered by an insatiable desire for greed, religious fanatics, economic colonialism and geopolitical control. Something has gone badly wrong in societies today. Never, but never in the history of mankind has humanity seen such a plight of mass movement of desperate civilians attempting to escape the killing fields and oppression by corrupt tyrannical governments. Yet western superpowers are dragging their feet, hoping this chaos will simply go away. It will not unless those killing fields come to an end and peace is restored. The ongoing tsunami of people will not only escalate in huge proportions but also threaten social order and destabilise modern societies. But, the greatest threat of all is the growth of Islamic State, that western powers so far have failed (or refused) to destroy. Cypriots have also experienced the tragedy of a refugee crisis - the 230,000 victims of Turkey's military invasion are a clear indication and yet, Turkey has been named to chair the world heritage committee of UNESCO. They simply ignored Turkey's detestable record of ethnic cleansing and desecration of hundreds of Christian churches in the occupied area of Cyprus. That is what's wrong with the world today; they have lost the sense of human compassion, dignity and the principle to do the right thing. It has been replaced by hypocrisy and that does not offer much hope to curb the exodus of millions of refugees. Andreas C Chrysafis Cyprus Safety in the workplace Throughout October, safety in the workplace is in the spotlight. National Safe Work Month urges us to 'be safe', 'be healthy', and think about 'because…' For many workers, that 'dot dot dot' represents the family and loved ones waiting to welcome them home at the end of the workday. It's the future they are safeguarding and the protection of everything they have to look forward to. But for thousands of Australians injured at work, the 'dot dot dot' is a reminder their lives will never be the same. And for workers injured in NSW, it represents uncertainty about whether they will be fully supported by WorkCover. Many workers have been left out-of-pocket and without medical assistance, following the NSW government's legislative reforms in 2012. Since then, there have been many positive steps to restore benefits and support schemes, but more needs to be done. I’m hopeful that injured workers' rights will be fully restored in the future, but until then, I urge workers to Be Safe. Be Healthy. Because the safety net you were counting on may not be there to catch you. Regards, Stuart Barnett Slater and Gordon, personal injury general manager sets worth €50,000 (1/4), and the three children will get €150,000 (3/4), meaning each of the three of them will inherit assets worth €50,000. If the deceased left no spouse and only children, then the children inherit the entire estate in equal shares. If a child has died before the parent, and has had children, these children of the predeceased child will get their parent's share. So, if someone passes away and leaves one son and two grandchildren of a predeceased daughter, the son will inherit intestate 50 per cent and the two grandchildren will inherit the other 50 per cent, so each of the grandchildren will take 25 per cent of their grandparent's estate. If the deceased left no Will, no children and only a spouse, the spouse will get all the estate, unless the deceased had siblings, in which case the spouse will get 50 per cent of the estate and the siblings of the deceased will inherit the other 50 per cent. If one sibling has died before the deceased, his/her children are entitled to get the share, which means that nephews and nieces inherit their uncles and aunts, if their parent has passed away before the deceased. If someone passes away without a Will and without spouse and children, the siblings and the parents of the deceased get the estate, in equal shares. If one of the siblings is not living, their children get what they would have taken if they were alive. If the deceased died intestate and left no parents, spouse, children, siblings, children and grandchildren of sib- lings, the grandparents of the deceased are entitled to inherit, and if they are not in life, their children or grandchildren inherit. Half-blood siblings get half the share of the full-blood siblings. Greece, as a civil law jurisdiction, does not allow total freedom of testation and provides for the close of kin, even if they are cut out of the Will. This means that the children and the spouse of the deceased will always get a share, even if the deceased intentionally left them out of the Will, unless they had committed a serious crime against the deceased, in which case it is allowed that they are completely disinherited. The law which states that the spouse and the children will always take a minimum share is called forced heir- ship and essentially takes away from the deceased the unlimited freedom to dispose of his/her assets without any restriction. The law of forced heirship in Greece states that the spouse and the children are entitled to claim half of what they would get, if there was no Will. So, if the deceased leaves all his property to a third party, who is not related to him, without any provision for his spouse and children, the deceased's spouse can claim 12.5 per cent of the estate, since if there was no Will the spouse would have taken 25 per cent. The children of the deceased are entitled to claim 37.5 per cent of the estate, since if there was no Will, the children would have taken 75 per cent. Equally, if the deceased has left only a spouse, no children and siblings, and leaves a Will which cuts out the spouse, the spouse is entitled to claim 25 per cent of the estate, since if there was no Will, the spouse who inherits with siblings and no children, would have been entitled to a share of 50 per cent. The children and the spouse, who are always entitled to this minimum share, are not obliged to take it. They can choose not to claim their minimum or forced share, in which case the Will is enforced in its entirety, even its provisions which cut out the close of kin (children and spouse). *Christos Iliopoulos is an attorney at the Supreme Court of Greece, L.L.M. www.greekadvocate.eu email: ktimatologiolaw@ Email your letter to: email@example.com National Police Remembrance Day For the first time in Queensland Police history, a National Police Remembrance Day Service was held at Greek Orthodox Church of St Anna on the Gold Coast. With its twin chandeliers and traditional Greek Orthodox decor, the setting made for a moving service. About 200 police, guests and members of the community joined Fr Romanos in remembering their sacrifice and service. The Gold Coast District welcomed members of a number of families who had lost loved ones in the line of duty, including the families of Brett Irwin, Damien Leeding and Tony Pattemore (NSW). A number of dignitaries including The Honourable Steve Ciobo, Minister for International Development Have Your Say LAST WEEK’S QUESTION: Did Tsipras defame Greece by failing to answer Clinton’s questions in English? 36 % YES 64 % NO THIS WEEK’S QUESTION: Do you agree with Victoria’s decision to legalise the use of medicinal marijuana? Yes/No Vote online now. Go to neoskosmos.com Published by Ethnic Publications Pty Ltd (ABN: 13005 255 087) of 169 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122. Printed by Rural Press Printing, Ballarat. 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A special thank you to those that helped tirelessly throughout the day and in the planning, especially Senior Constable Vanessa Kennedy and her team of volunteers in policing, Federal Agent Reece Lockheed from the Australian Federal Police for his bag piping, Senior Constable Laureen Du Plusess, from the Gold Coast Scenes of Crime office, for the amazing photos, Bianca Jones, from Broadbeach Station, for the work behind the scenes. Also A/Inspector Jason Tuffley, Sergeant Brad Miller, Constable Matt Reeves and Constable Helen Redhead for being the classiest colour party in Greek Orthodox/QPS History. Finally, a very big thank you to Fr Romanos, president of St Anna, Mrs Sandra Voukelatos, the Ladies Auxiliary, chanters and the whole of the parish of St Anna, for their hospitality, catering, support and friendship, not just for Police Remembrance Day but for every day. 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