Documented gifts and loans can save family disputes

THERE have always been loans and gifts between family members, often between a parent and a child or children. These payments are rarely documented and the intention of each party is often not clear. This can lead to significant family concern and dispute, both before a person dies and with their Will. For example, a parent may think of it … Read More

Walker PenderDocumented gifts and loans can save family disputes

Deliberately lit fires: Arson is a criminal offence

LATELY, Queensland has been subjected to a number of bush fires which has put all our firefighters under substantial strain. While some of these bushfires have started from natural causes, some of these fires have been deliberately lit. Under section 461 of the Criminal Code, arson is when any person wilfully or unlawfully sets fire to any building, structure, motor … Read More

Walker PenderDeliberately lit fires: Arson is a criminal offence

Overseas assets and travel highlight the need for an Enduring power of attorney

EVERY adult should have a current enduring power of attorney. Most do not and while older people are now making powers of attorney, we are obviously all prone to accidents, illness or injury regardless of our age. The situation becomes more complicated if people have assets in different countries or live or spend significant time in more than one country. … Read More

Walker PenderOverseas assets and travel highlight the need for an Enduring power of attorney