Retirement Village – Time to move on?

Jim and Sue have worked tirelessly all of their lives, raised and educated two sons and two daughters, all of whom are now financially independent and have flown the coop, so to speak.
The five bedroom home for the past 25 years, whilst full of fond memories, is just too large to maintain.  The home […]

Don’t be caught Out – Have your Employment Contracts Reviewed

There has been a lot of media attention regarding George Calombaris underpaying his employees which was due to annual salaries being incorrectly calculated leading to underpayment of superannuation.  Unfortunately for George, paying your employees the incorrect amount of superannuation is one sure way to get Fair Work’s attention. 
I should confess that as a big […]

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When do I actually need a lawyer?

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 […]

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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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]