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

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Consider overseas assets when making a Will

PEOPLE usually understand the importance of having a Will although statistics say that most Australians don’t have one. If you don’t have a Will then the finalisation of your estate and affairs will inevitably be more expensive, complicated and uncertain. The issue becomes even greater when people have overseas assets. There is an increasing number of Australians who have family, … Read More

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The Advanced Health Directive

IN THE past two weeks I have looked at General Powers of Attorney and Enduring Powers of Attorney. Both are formal documents that give another person the authority to make decisions on your behalf. Out of the two, only the Enduring Power of Attorney can provide power to make decisions about personal and health matters. But what about if you … Read More

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A look at Enduring Power of Attorney

TODAY is the second article in a series of three regarding the types of authority you can legally give to another person to make decisions for you. The first article looked at the General Power of Attorney (an authority you can utilise for the making of financial decisions). Today’s article looks at the Enduring Power of Attorney (EPOA). An EPOA … Read More

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Looking at general power of attorney

THERE are times in life when we need to give another person authority to make decisions on our behalf. Giving power to another person to make such decisions is a very serious matter, which is one of the reasons why the authority must be in writing. I am going to take the opportunity over the coming weeks to explain the … Read More

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Do I Really Need a Will and EPOA?

How often have you said that to yourself? I have often heard friends, family and clients say this to me – I have been discussing a Will and EPOA for a while now. So why is it so important? A couple of years ago I was working in a law office, seeing clients about their Wills. One Monday morning a … Read More

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Advanced Health Directives

Many clients view Advance Health Directives as complicated, daunting documents that force them to make unpleasant decisions. Unfortunately, the nature of an Advance Health Directive is to ask some confronting questions, but it is also the best way to let your family know what your wishes are in the event that you are unable to tell them yourself. An Advance … Read More

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