De Facto Relationships & Estate Planning

De Facto Relationships & Estate Planning

As de facto relationships increase, the law has also had to change to reflect the changing nature of family structures. Some people assume that writing your will and getting ahead in your estate planning is just something for married people to do. However, new...
Surprising Estate Planning

Surprising Estate Planning

It’s almost universal that surprising estate planning leads to a court battle. If there’s one thing that upsets family members, it’s the shock of discovering that they’ve been left out of a will or that you’ve left your estate to your...
Prepared For Death: How To Get Organised

Prepared For Death: How To Get Organised

Are you prepared for death? In reality, not many of us enjoy the prospect of thinking about our own deaths. Often this means that we’re not prepared for it, which can mean that our families are left to deal with the chaos left behind. If there’s one thing...
Superannuation Proceeds: Where Will They Go?

Superannuation Proceeds: Where Will They Go?

Many people who are writing their will and beginning to decide how to distribute their estate do not know that the superannuation proceeds are not technically part of their estate. It is only part of the estate if the trustee of the fund pays the money into the estate...
Powers of Attorney & Mental Capacity

Powers of Attorney & Mental Capacity

Powers of attorney may sound complex, but in essence, it involves giving another person the authority to make decisions for you in the event that you lose the capacity to make your own decisions. These decisions can be both personal and financial. Personal decisions...
Why You Need More Than Just A Will

Why You Need More Than Just A Will

Having a will is an excellent first step, but you need more than just a will. You may believe that having a will or estate planning is only for those with a large amount of assets and money. This is not the case. Having a will is about being prepared and ensuring that...