Importance of comprehensive estate plan review

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

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 […]

When Attorneys behave badly

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 […]

Elder Abuse: Time to get serious!

I have been contacted over a number of years, including quite recently, in relation to what can only be described as ‘elder abuse’. Elder abuse occurs when an elderly person is the subject of abuse, normally by a family member and normally financially, for the gain of that family member. The family member may […]

Top 5 considerations when updating your Will

The idea of making a Will and having to think that far ahead can seem like a hassle and a little unnecessary. In fact, the opposite is true; planning ahead can often save you thousands of dollars and weeks of extra stress in the event of an unforeseen occurrence.

Here are […]

Is an Enduring Power of Attorney Essential?

An Enduring Power of Attorney is one of the most powerful documents you will ever sign in your life time. The document allows the person making it, known as the Principal to appoint another to act on their behalf in relation to their financial affairs and their personal/health matter. Whilst there are […]