Protect your loved ones from elder abuse

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Elder abuse is a horrifying prospect we’ve come to better understand thanks to relentless work by recent media investigations and royal commissions. No one likes to think they (or someone they love) will ever be a victim in this way but all Australians can take action well before there is a possibility of losing capacity

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Power of attorney appointment does not license early access to inheritance

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Understanding your responsibilities if you have a power of attorney appointment for your parents is as much about ethical as well as legal responsibilities, Australia’s leading trustee company, Equity Trustees, has cautioned. Being appointed an attorney under an enduring power of attorney authorises you to make important legal and financial decisions when someone loses capacity

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Do you have the Will to cope with the ‘roaring 20s’?

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Not just a new year, but a new decade has arrived – the new ‘roaring 20s’ – but can your Will cope with the decade ahead? “If you think about all the things that changed for you and your family over the past decade, you quickly see that your world could look very different by

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They will sort it out when I’m gone (and other flawed estate planning assumptions)

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It’s a common assumption fraught with danger: Many people appoint one of their children to be the executor of their will – expecting (or hoping) that everything will be resolved after they’re gone. “It’s a very common way to think,” said Marie Brownell, National Manager of Estate Planning at Equity Trustees. “But there are two

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