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Protecting your family - Wills and Estates

Whether you are starting out in young adult life, or have put the hard slog in over the decades, to create a nest egg for you and your family to enjoy, this is one area which should not be ignored. It is akin to you not insuring your house or other valuable assets. Once done, it does not need to be revisited unless your circumstances or wishes change.

Peace of mind protection encompasses a Will, Enduring Power of Attorney, and an Advance Care Directive. LawCall is so committed to ensuring that you have peace of mind protection, that our lawyer will come to your house, worksite, or even hospital or nursing home to take instructions and to prepare the relevant documents, if preferred. After hours and weekend appointments are available.

What is a Will?

A will is a written document that directs what happens to your assets after you die. Assets can include real estate property, bank accounts, cash, cars, and other personal items.

Why you need a Will

Without a valid will, your assets may be distributed under the law in a way which might cause hardship, delay, and expense to your family. You will not get to choose who is responsible for managing your assets after your death or to whom assets are distributed. There is therefore a chance that the law may require your assets to be distributed to people not of your choosing.

What is an Enduring Power of Attorney?

An Enduring Power of Attorney is a legal document that gives another person the power to make financial decisions on your behalf. The document only operates whilst you are alive and the power given to the other person can either be effective immediately upon execution of the document, or only when you are unable to manage your own financial affairs.

Why you need an Enduring Power of Attorney

If you don’t have an Enduring Power of Attorney, and become unable to make financial decisions, then the Guardianship Board may have to appoint a financial manager to make these decisions for you. Such a person will not necessarily be who you would have chosen. This may then be stressful for those involved, and may cause considerable conflict and anguish among family and friends concerning who was appointed to make these decisions, and potentially the decisions themselves.

What is an Advance Care Directive?

An Advance Care Directive is a legal document that allows you to write down your wishes, preferences, and instructions for your future health care, end of life, living arrangements and personal matters. It allows you to appoint one or more Substitute Decision-Makers, to make these decisions on your behalf, if you are unable to make them for yourself. It only operates when you lose mental capacity. Unfortunately, loss of mental capacity (e.g. through Dementia) can happen at any age. We have all heard of people of a young age been prematurely affected by such medical conditions.

Why you need an Advance Care Directive

An Advance Care Directive gives you peace of mind to know that your wishes are made clear to those caring for you, when you are unable to make decisions for yourself. If you do not have an Advance Care Directive, your loved ones may have to make some important decisions about your life and health care, with little idea of your wishes. This may also cause distress to your loved ones, particularly if they have different opinions as to what they believe you would have wished.

How much does it cost?

LawCall has tailor-made packages for singles and couples that include 2 or 3 of the above, making it cheaper than preparing individual documents at different times. 

As an example, a Standard Will for a single person is $350 inclusive GST, but a Standard Will for a couple (i.e. 2 Wills), is $600 inclusive GST.

To enquire about our packages, or to make an appointment, please contact us now on (08) 7070 2707.