When do I actually need a lawyer?

By |June 17th, 2019|

The general excuse for not consulting a lawyer is that is costs too much.  At Cooke & Hutchinson Lawyers, we will meet with you for 30 minutes completely free of charge.  After that meeting, we will advise and inform you of the work we see needs to be done, and give you a fixed […]

Why it is important that you tell your solicitor about stepchildren

By |May 9th, 2019|

Last week I
assisted a client who wanted to a “quick” update of his will. The client was
quite diligent in ensuring his estate plan was kept up to date and explained
that he has updated his will on a number of occasions as circumstances in his
life changed. He was also what I would consider a sophisticated […]

Importance of a backup executor

By |May 2nd, 2019|

I was reminded
again this week of the importance of having at least one backup executor, especially
in a situation where only one executor is appointed in the first instance.

In this case the
will maker appointed her husband as sole executor and beneficiary and her
children as further beneficiaries in the event that her husband predeceases her
(admittedly […]

Why it’s beneficial to have a corporate trustee

By |April 29th, 2019|

Whether it is your self-managed superannuation fund or your family
trust, it can be beneficial having a corporate trustee rather than an individual
trustee. Here are just a few of the advantages you will enjoy:

When adding a person as
trustee, it will be less work intensive with a corporate trustee because with
individual trustees when you add one […]

Importance of comprehensive estate plan review

By |April 26th, 2019|

Just recently a client asked why we sent a letter to him
and his wife reminding them to review their estate planning documents, as he
believed that it had not been that long since they initially prepared their
documents. When I mentioned to him that it had been 10 years since they last did
their wills, he was […]

Conflict clauses in Enduring Power of Attorney documents

By |April 23rd, 2019|

We at Cooke & Hutchinson Lawyers have focused a great deal the last couple of months on elder abuse and this is because of the increase in the number of cases we have seen in a very short timeframe. So when we see articles in a newspaper or a magazine which encourages people to […]