Don’t think you need a Will? Think again!

By |March 13th, 2017|

It is alarming how many people, especially those with underage children, who do not have a will.  There are five basic reasons why you should have a will if you have children under the age of 18:

You can appoint a guardian.  The old wives’ tale that your children will go to their godparents […]

By |March 8th, 2017|

1.         My children will go to their godparents when I die. 
This is not true.  The only way to create certainty about who will look after your children in the event that both you and your spouse pass is to make a will and appoint testamentary guardians.
2.         My estate will just go to my spouse […]

The myths surrounding young workers

By |February 22nd, 2017|

The Fair Work Ombudsman (Ombudsman) is out to correct many misconceptions regarding young workers.  This is because too many employers mistakenly believe that a range of practices involving young workers are acceptable when they are actually unlawful.  This is concerning due to the Ombudsman treating cases involving young people more seriously which means they […]

Superannuation: Death Taxes by Stealth

By |February 10th, 2017|

With the rise of superannuation and the increase in self-managed superannuation funds, also comes the rise in taxes payable as a result of the death of a member of those superannuation funds upon the monies paid to their estate as a death benefit.
A little-known fact, the death benefit held by the superannuation fund, including […]

When Attorneys behave badly

By |January 17th, 2017|

I was instructed in relation to a dispute between two attorneys who had been appointed by an elderly gent who I will refer to as Mr S. Mr S had lost capacity to make decisions for himself. The attorneys were appointed to act jointly. The difficulty was that neither of the attorneys particularly liked […]

Joint Tenant or Tenant in Common: What’s the difference?

By |January 10th, 2017|

I received instructions recently from the daughter of an elderly lady who had lost capacity to make decisions for herself. The husband of many years (although a second marriage) had passed away and the property in which they lived was required to be sold so that the elderly widow could move into aged care.
Unfortunately, […]