What happens if you die without a will?

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If you don’t have a will when you die, your estate will be divided in the way set out in the Administration Act.  As a result, your property may not go to the people or charities that you would have wanted to benefit from your estate.

Any property you own jointly with another person will usually pass automatically to the surviving joint owner.  For example, if you own a house jointly with another person rather than as tenants in common.  The ...

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Enduring power of attorney witnessing requirements – law change

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Since 2008 the witnessing requirements for enduring powers of attorney have been very strict. Due to a potential conflict of interest the law required the donor (the person appointing the attorney) to have their signature witnessed by a lawyer who is independent of the attorney. That meant that a lawyer who acts for both the donor and attorney could not witness the donor or attorney’s signature. The lawyer could prepare the documents but would have to send the donor away ...

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Government assists elderly in need of care

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In the current economic climate any extra financial assistance can help make ends meet. If you or someone you know is part of the baby boomer bubble that we so often hear about and is about to enter a rest home, that person may be able to get financial help from the government. In this blog I discuss the government funding available for elderly in need of care.

Residential Care Subsidy: what is it and who can get it?

The residential care ...

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