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Can You Disinherit An Estranged Child

Can you disinherit an estranged child?

Are you entitled to disinherit a child who chooses to have no contact with you? It is an emotive issue, and one that many people have strong views about (on…

Buried Or Cremated? Who Has Final Say?

Buried or cremated…who gets the final say?

They are questions many people don’t want to think about…when you pass away will your body be buried or cremated? Where will your remains be placed? Perhaps you want your…

Blood Thinning Drugs

How safe are the new blood thinning drugs?

Last night’s ABC news bulletin had a story from Health Reporter, Sophie Scott, concerning her investigation, into the link between the prescription of the new type of blood thinning medications…

Update Your Will

How often should you update your Will?

Don’t be fooled into thinking your will is something you can do once, then “set and forget”. Your will is an important document for your family’s future. Circumstances change and…

ALRC Inquiry Elder Abuse

ALRC Inquiry into Elder Abuse

Financial abuse can have a devastating effect on an elderly person, impacting their living arrangements, their ability to pay bills and possibly even their health. Worryingly, the statistics show perpetrators…

We Need To Talk About Dying

We Need to Talk About Dying

Death is not always sudden. Most of us will die slowly, not always peacefully, in an uneven series of ups and downs until it’s over. Most people accept the inevitability…

Facing Reality When Dementia Is Diagnosed

Facing Financial Reality when Dementia is Diagnosed

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, the most common cause of dementia, can wreak havoc on even the best financial planning for retirement. Alzheimer’s is incurable, and about 5.4 million people in the…

Is Jogging Bad For Older People?

Is Jogging Bad for Older People?

Keen joggers love getting out to have a run, even in high summer when they inevitably lose gallons of fluid in perspiration, and their face is the colour of beetroot!…

Carers' Week 2016

National Carers’ week 2016

It is National Carers' Week from 16 October to 23 October, a time to pay tribute to the many thousands of carers who provide unpaid care and support to family…

Obstetric Malpractice: An Update

Obstetric malpractice: an update

Elective caesarians versus vaginal delivery and guidelines for home births were among the fascinating legal issues covered at the Obstetrics Malpractice Conference held recently in Melbourne. The annual Obstetric Malpractice…

Solicitor Confidential

Is what I tell my solicitor confidential?

Solicitors are bound by conduct rules which govern the way we practice law. One of those rules is the obligation to maintain a client’s confidentiality. A solicitor must not disclose…

Alzheimer’s Breakthrough? Not Just Yet.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if this statement was true! It is certain that many institutions are working hard on a cure, but we are not quite there. Firstly, a few…

What If Something Happens

What If Something Happens to Me? – Part 1

Assistance on making decisions for later life Most of our lives we are used to making decisions about financial, legal and health matters on our own or with people close…

What If? Part 2

What If Something Happens to Me? – Part 2

This is the second part of our blog which deals with making decisions for later life. Part one dealt with financial decisions which you can read here. Health and lifestyle…

Dying To Know Day

Dying to Know Day

The D-word. We have no shortage of names for it, but when faced with death we are often lost for words. Our superstitions and fears about dying, and the discomfort we…

Changes To Strata Laws

Changes to Strata Laws

There were more than 90 proposed changes to strata laws announced by the NSW Government this week, to commence on 30 November 2016.  Some big changes such as the concept…

End Of Life Care

End of Life Care – Having the Conversation

National Palliative Care week passed quietly without too much publicity or noise. Why did this happen? Is it because we are frightened to talk about what we want when we…

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