The legal team for Geoffery James Dickie, father of Allison Baden-Clay, leave the Supreme Court after a judge appointed Mr Dickie as the administrator of his daughter's estate.
The legal team for Geoffery James Dickie, father of Allison Baden-Clay, leave the Supreme Court after a judge appointed Mr Dickie as the administrator of his daughter's estate. Ava Benny-Morrison

Dad gets say in Allison's estate

UPDATE: The father of murdered mother Allison Baden-Clay has succeeded in his last-minute attempt to stop the man accused of killing his late daughter from selling off assets Allison has a share in.

Supreme Court Justice Glenn Martin appointed Geoffrey James Dickie temporary control of Allison's estate on Wednesday, 10 days before a property partly-owned by Allison was to go under the hammer.

Allison was reported missing from her Brookfield home on April 20 and her body was found 10 days later in Kholo Creek at Anstead.

Allison's real estate husband, Gerard Baden-Clay, has been charged with her murder. Justice Martin appointed Mr Dickie as the interim administrator of his daughter's estate so he could protect, collect and pay debts off her assets.

An affidavit Mr Dickie filed to the court revealed Baden-Clay's move to sell a Gold Coast property in which both he and Allison had a share.

The for sale sign outside the Paradise Point property on Abalone Ave features the slogan, "renovate, detonate or land bank - the seller wants out now".

The three-bedroom home is owned by World of Top Step Pty Ltd, a company of which Baden-Clay and Allison were both directors.

Baden-Clay took over as secretary of the company on August 14.Mr Dickie stated, in his affidavit, he was concerned the property's advertised auction date of September 16 indicated Baden-Clay was "taking steps to dispose of an asset in which Allison's estate may have an interest".

Mr Dickie said he needed to urgently obtain a grant of representation so he could investigate Allison's potential share of the property before the auction took place and "protective action could be take to ensure that such assets are not sold by Gerard".

However, an affidavit filed by Mr Dickie's solicitor, Matthew Windle, stated the realtor handling the sale had accepted an offer on the property on Monday.

The affadavit also states Allison's estate includes a life insurance policy and superannuation.

Mr Dickie's status as interim administrator means he will have to reapply to the court to have permanent control over Allison's estate if Baden-Clay is found guilty.

If Baden-Clay is acquitted, he will be reinstated as executor of Allison's estate, as outlined in her will.Allison's will, also tendered in court, gave all of her estate to Baden-Clay if he survived her for more than 30 days.

Mr Dickie is the substitute executor.

Mr Dickie and Allison's mother, Priscilla, have been caring for Allison's three daughters, age 10, 8 and 5, since Baden-Clay was charged in June.

Baden-Clay's case is due before the Brisbane Magistrates Court for mention on September 24.



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