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How do I appoint an Enduring Guardian?

Appointment of an Enduring Guardian

An Enduring Guardian is someone of your choice whom you appoint to make decisions on your behalf concerning your health and wellbeing when you become incapable of, or not in a position to do so yourself.
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How do I make a Power of Attorney?

Power of Attorney NSW – your complete guide

A Power of Attorney is a document which enables you to appoint someone to manage your financial and legal affairs when you are unable to do so. This blog is aimed to provide you with a comprehensive guide about General and Enuring Powers of Attorney.
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At what point should I engage a lawyer when buying or selling property?

Buying or selling property in NSW – when to involve your lawyer

The number of things you need to consider when buying or selling residential property can be intimidating, particularly when it is your first time buying or selling, or if it has been a long time since you last went through it.
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Recognising and acting on elder abuse

Elder abuse – protection and prevention

Elder abuse can take many forms including physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional or psychological abuse, neglect, abandonment, financial abuse and self-neglect. In this article, we look at how to recognise elder abuse and how lawyers deal with it.
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How does separation or divorce effect my Will or Power of Attorney?

Effect of separation and divorce on your Will and other estate planning documents

Divorce has an effect on your Will, but this only occurs once the divorce is finalised which can be much later than the original separation. Both separation and divorce may also lead to circumstances that you did not intend. Learn here how to protect your interests.
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What is parental responsibility in relation to family law?

What is parental responsibility in family law matters

When discussing parenting arrangements for your child after separation, you may hear the term 'parental responsibility' being used. What does it mean? Why is it important? Does it govern the amount of time each parent spends with the child/children?
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Managing a self-managed super fund if a trustee or director loses capacity

What if I lose capacity while Trustee of my Self-Managed Superannuation Fund (SMSF)?

If a Trustee or Director of a corporate Trustee of a Self-Managed Superannuation Fund loses legal capacity to make decisions for themselves, then they will no longer be able to perform their duties as a Trustee or as a Trustee Director.
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Are handwritten changes to a Will valid?

Handwritten and other informal changes to a Will

It can be tempting to handwrite the changes a copy of the Will or even on the original, rather than going to the cost of writing a new Will. The issue is whether handwritten amendments to your Will are valid.
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Leaving gifts or money to my grandchildren in my Will

How to leave money or gifts to your grandchildren in your Will

There is certainly no problem in making a gift to grandchildren in your Will but there are a number of choices that need to be made, particularly where the grandchildren are young.
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What is a fair property settlement after separation?

Negotiating property settlement – what’s a fair share?

A common comment we hear, after separation, is "we have decided to split the assets 50:50 as that is fair". On the surface, this may look fair but delving deeper, it may not be in your best interests and it may not be what the Court considers just and equitable.
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How is land tax treated on property held in a trust?

Land tax liability when property is held in a trust

If property is held in a trust, then depending on the type of trust, there are different rules and requirements in respect of how land tax is treated.
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