Retirement these days looks very different to the generations before us. It’s not as clear-cut as working one day and fully retiring the next. With the Age Pension eligibility age currently increasing from 65 to 67 by 2023, many people are choosing to transition to retirement with a reduction in work hours. Just as many
One of our biggest aims for clients is that their estate is administered efficiently and as painlessly as possible. A high quality, legally binding Will and Estate Plan can go a long way in smoothing the process. Sadly though even the best laid plans can go awry – and with no Will or plan at
Estrangement – Who Can Make A Claim? and How to Protect Your Assets It’s an unfortunate fact for some families that estrangement can occur between parents and children. While this situation on a day-to-day basis is difficult enough, it can become even more complicated when it comes to Wills, Estate Planning and Administration. It’s not
Did you know that your estate plan provides a great opportunity to pass on your values to the next generation? Often when a person is planning how their estate will be passed on, the focus is on financial assets and personal property. Of course this is important, as we all want to pass on wealth to
Why and how to safely share your online details We all hear often enough how we should never share our online usernames and passwords – for good reason of course – but where does this leave a deceased person’s social media accounts? Many of us are active on one or more social media networks, whether it’s
What to do when a business partner dies or becomes permanently disabled Going into business with someone else, particularly when it’s not a family member, is a big decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. While many people give a lot of thought to the compatibility of working together and how the business will actually operate, unfortunately
“My Will is simple.” Every day we come across clients who assume their Will is simple. This most commonly happens when a person doesn’t own a lot of different types of assets or they assume everything they own will automatically go to their partner or spouse. While the complexity of Wills varies greatly, they are
It doesn’t take billions or even millions of dollars of dollars for conflict to occur between family members. When it comes to Wills and Estates disputes can occur over many things. It’s not unusual for family members to disagree over relatively small amounts of money or even sentimental items.
Choosing the right solicitor for you Like any industry, there are varying levels of expertise and specialities in the legal profession. Most people want to be sure they are entrusting their legal needs in the right hands, particularly when it comes to personal matters like Wills and Estates. The question is then how do you
Did you know it’s not just your Executor who has access to your Will upon your death? In Queensland there are laws that make it much easier for some people to access or get a copy of your Will when you die but who exactly are they?
Where do you start when someone passes away?
One of the biggest estate planning myths is that only older or chronically ill people need Wills . This is simply untrue.
Unfortunately when it comes to Wills and Estates, assumptions, myths and misconceptions are all too common and often result in heartache and expensive mistakes. Recently we wrote a blog post about the Top 5 Wills and Estates Myths but here are 4 more common Wills and Estates misunderstandings.
Testamentary Trusts are set up in a person’s Will for many reasons. What exactly is a Testamentary Trust and do you need one?
Dealing with the death of a loved one is hard enough, but it can be even harder when someone contests or challenges the deceased’s Will.
Choosing your Executor will be one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make – but what exactly do you need to consider and how do you choose the right person?
When it comes to administering an estate, one of the most common questions we get asked is, what exactly is Probate and a Court Grant of Probate?
Retirement’s great. Well at least it looks pretty good from the outside. I hope to do it myself one day. You’ve probably spent most of your life shouldering work and family responsibilities. You start counting down the days until you can kick back and focus on you and just enjoying yourself.
Divorce is hard enough, but it’s what can happen much further down the track that can be worse.
It’s everyone’s worst nightmare. The thought of your family fighting over your assets…but what can you do to avoid it?