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My Loved One Has Died. What Do I Do?

My Loved One Has Died. What Do I Do?

After the death of a loved one, it is important that you take the time to grieve for your loss. This emotional time can be made more stressful for some as there are legal steps that need to be taken during this difficult time.  Finalising someone’s affairs and...

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Estate Planning: The top 3 things you need to know

Estate Planning: The top 3 things you need to know

The idea of estate planning is often sensitive and daunting, which causes a lot of people to put it off for as long as possible. Unfortunately, the reality is that anything could happen to us at any point in time and this could create unnecessary financial mess when...

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Can I include cryptocurrency in my Will?

Can I include cryptocurrency in my Will?

Cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin has been gaining popularity over several years as a common investment for many people.  It is because of this growing interest in digital currency, there is now a need to provide for it in your Will.  As this form of asset is not your...

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Does My Separation Affect My Will?

Does My Separation Affect My Will?

A common misunderstanding that many clients have is that separating from a partner, or the process of a family law property settlement will automatically revoke a Will, when in fact a separation from a partner will only revoke a Will when divorce is finalised.  In...

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Busting Common Myths About Wills

Busting Common Myths About Wills

If you die without having a valid Will, then your assets will be distributed according to the laws of intestacy and could mean that your assets may not go to the people you want them to.  Having a written Will is the only way to guarantee that those who benefit from...

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Powers of Attorney and Financial Abuse of the Elderly

Powers of Attorney and Financial Abuse of the Elderly

A Power of Attorney is a legally binding document which gives another person(s) or trustee organisation the power to act and make decisions on your behalf on matters ranging from financial matters, personal matters or medical treatment. In the unfortunate event that...

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Mutual Wills

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Mutual Wills

Mutual Wills are Wills made by two individuals, usually husband and wife, which create a binding contract not to amend or revoke them without the knowledge or consent of the other.  The effect of Mutual Wills is that when one person dies the survivor’s Will is...

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I Am Getting Married! What Does This Mean for My Will?

I Am Getting Married! What Does This Mean for My Will?

What is normally on your to-do list when preparing for a wedding?  Rings, dress, reception, cake and champagne to name a few.  Have you considered though that you should be adding either a review of your Will or making a Will. If you already have a Will, you may not...

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How Do I Find a Will After Someone Dies?

How Do I Find a Will After Someone Dies?

There is no simple answer to this question. There is no single repository of Wills, and a Will does not need to have been registered. It is customary practice for original Wills to be kept by individuals in their safe storage or by lawyers who prepared the Will. A...

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I Have Been Left Out Of A Will. What Can I Do?

I Have Been Left Out Of A Will. What Can I Do?

The death of a loved one is difficult. Unfortunately it can become more difficult should you have been left out of the Will or if the provision made for you in the Will is not what you had expected.  The law recognises a basic principle of freedom to testation - that...

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Can I Include My Pet in My Will?

Can I Include My Pet in My Will?

It is reported that there are over 29 million pets in Australia making it one of the highest pet ownership rates in the world.  For many of us, our pets are thought as part of our families but, have you considered what will happen if your pet outlives you?  In...

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Electronic Signatures During Covid-19

Electronic Signatures During Covid-19

On 12 May 2020 new Victorian Regulations were made in regard to the execution and witnessing of documents during the COVID-19 pandemic.  In order to ease the logistical challenges with signing documents in these times, the Victorian government introduced the COVID-19...

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99 Problems but Your Will Won’t Be One

99 Problems but Your Will Won’t Be One

Wills and Estates Planning – Dealing with COVID-19 Impact and Issues During this particularly challenging time of uncertainty, it is important we understand what we can do to manage and protect not just our health and well-being, but the well-being of our families....

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The Importance of Making a Will After Separation

The Importance of Making a Will After Separation

Your Will should reflect any significant changes in your relationship status, whether you are getting married, having children, or breaking up. If you made a Will whilst you were single but have now married, this automatically cancels your Will rendering it invalid....

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