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Wills, powers of attorney and enduring guardians – what are these documents and do I need one?
The “modern family” doesn’t always look like the “traditional family”. Our role is to understand your family dynamic and your wishes. We help you in leaving clear instructions for the people who remain once you’ve passed away.
We like to think of it as a legacy, giving clarity to your loved ones and protecting them from confusion, conflict and enormous court costs, ensuring your life’s work is protected and respected.
Having an experienced lawyer prepare your will ensures the landmines that lead to litigation are identified and addressed before, rather than after, the fact.
Enduring Power of Attorney
If you have assets, fall within a high-risk category for illness or accident, have children or travel overseas regularly (with on-going business in Australia) then appointing an Enduring Power of Attorney ensures a trusted individual is managing your financial affairs if you cannot.
If your capacity to deal with banks, government departments and other sectors is under question, having someone appointed after the fact can be tedious and expensive. You also run the risk that the person appointed may not be the person you wanted.
Our role is to understand your circumstances and align your wishes with a legally binding document.
Appointment of Enduring Guardian
It is said that you should treat yourself like someone you are responsible for. Appointing someone you trust to make health and lifestyle decisions for you when you are unable to, is taking responsibility for your life.
We know it isn’t an easy discussion to have, but our role is to guide you through the legal requirements so your loved ones can have clarity and confidence to see that your wishes are met.
To find out more arrange an appointment with our experienced estate lawyer, Don Fenwick.