I am the single parent of a child with severe disabilities. What can I do in relation to providing for them in my Will? I want to ensure that they are properly taken care of when I am no longer able to. You are not alone in worrying about what will happen to your child … Continue reading Single Parent Of A Child With Disabilities
A Fiduciary relationship is a term used to explain the relationship of confidence that exists between certain people such as a lawyer and client, or the Executor of a deceased Estate and the beneficiaries of that Estate. A Fiduciary, such as an Executor of a deceased Estate, has a legal and ethical obligation to protect … Continue reading What is a Fiduciary and why are they used?
The Guardianship Tribunal are for people who are planning for their future, they will generally understand the need to have an Enduring Power of Attorney in the event that, they are unable to make financial decisions. However, often people do not consider who, or how, decisions about their lifestyle will be made for them in … Continue reading The Guardianship Tribunal
I am currently on benefit through Centrelink and have recently received a small inheritance from an Estate of $20,000. I’m concerned that this will affect my payments. Do I have to disclose the inheritance to Centrelink? And do I have to pay tax on the $20,000? Do I have to disclose the inheritance to Centrelink? Yes, … Continue reading Do I Have To Disclose Inheritance To Centrelink?
“We each want to provide for own children” I am Remarried and Want To Protect My Childrens Inheritance With well over a third of relationships failing, there are more single people seeking to re-partner, whether it be in a marriage or a de facto relationship. Many of these new couples are of mature age, with … Continue reading Protecting My Childrens Inheritance
Who has the rights if nothing is in the Will? Losing a loved one is a time of grief. It can also be a time of great emotional stress if the wishes of your loved one in the handling of their remains is not set out in their Will. In a family dispute over the … Continue reading Handling the remains of a loved one – Family Dispute
Looking to the future! Trust Funds – Is it a good idea to have a Trust Fund? My mother is going to have to sell her home to go into care facilities – Is it correct that if the money is put into Trust it can’t be accessed by the Care Home to pay for … Continue reading Trust Funds and Retirement Homes
Northern Beaches Lawyers was recently asked to advise and assist a client who had used a non-legal Probate service to act on the Probate of her late husband’s Will. The consequences of her application were that the Probate application was defective in many respects, most importantly in that it recorded the deceased’s brother as being … Continue reading Transfer of Land – Probate gone Wrong
“I don’t want the kids to have to move” Protecting Your Childrens Inheritance – Many parents are concerned that if they die they do not want the family to have to move – they believe that the death will be traumatic enough without having to adjust to a new home as well. Mark felt that … Continue reading Protecting Your Childrens Inheritance
Disputing an Estate When You have not been in contact for a while. “I didn’t even know she had died!” Paul and Irene were in their fifties when they started living together, some 20 years ago. They made wills leaving everything to each other in 1995, but a few years later Irene developed dementia and … Continue reading Disputing an Estate after a long while!