Is your Will valid?

How long since you had your Will looked at?  Do you know if it would be considered a Will if put to the test?
We work all our life to ensure we own homes, put food on the table and look after our families.  We spend money on clothes, cars, going out and holidays.  We […]

COVID-19 continues to dominate our lives as we all struggle with restrictions imposed by our federal and state legislators.
To date most of us are staying well albeit socially and business/work wise disrupted.
The biggest ticket item for all of us in these trying times is to stay well.
Business disruption will continue for some time yet, […]

Why it is important that you tell your solicitor about stepchildren

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 […]

Why it’s beneficial to have a corporate trustee

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

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 […]