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Advance Care Directives – Part 3 – Values Directives

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In an Advance Care Directive you are able to include Values Directives and Instructional Directives to provide your Medical Treatment Decision Maker with guidelines on what you would like to happen should you lose capacity and are unable to make medical decisions on your own. What is a Values Directive? A values directive is a…

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Advance Care Directive – Part 2 – Instructional Directives

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In Advance Care Directives you are able to include Values Directives and Instructional Directives to provide your Medical Treatment Decision Maker with guidelines on what you would like to happen should you lose capacity and are unable to make medical decisions on your own. An Instructional directive should only be completed if you know exactly…

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Advance Care Directive – Part 1

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On 12 March 2018 the laws in relation to Medical Powers of Attorney changed. To help you understand the changes, we will be writing a 3 part article series – welcome to Part 1! The main changes to the legislation were: They are no longer referred to as Medical Powers of Attorney but instead Appointment…

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The effect of marriage and divorce on a Will

Effect of Marriage or Divorce on Will

Life changes often mean you need to update your Will, and marriage and divorce are no exceptions. What is the effect of marriage on my Will? In most cases your marriage will revoke your Will, meaning that you would no longer have a valid Will in place once you are married. There are some clauses…

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Duties of an Executor

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The Executor of your Will is the person appointed by you who becomes responsible in carrying out the terms of your Will and your wishes. Choosing who to appoint as your Executor is not an easy task. The duties of an Executor can be time-consuming and at times confusing. This is especially true for family…

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Will Challenge:

When to Worry, and What to Do.

Challenge Will Dispute Lawyers Melbourne

You would probably be surprised to learn how often we are asked about whether a particular family member can challenge a Will. In my experience, when clients raise concerns about their family “black sheep” and whether they can challenge, they feel somewhat embarrassed and usually like their family is different. But the reality is that…

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Verification of Identity (VOI)

Verification of Identity PEXA Conveyancing Melbourne

As of January 2018, all conveyancing transactions require a Client Authorisation Form (“CAF”) to be completed by the parties to the transaction along with a Verification of Identity (VOI) check. A face-to-face ID check is required for real estate transactions in Australia. ZipID is our preferred ID option who comes to you at home or…

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PEXA – Online Conveyancing

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The world of paper settlements and paper conveyancing is coming to an end. Victoria is now moving to an online system of e-conveyancing also known as Property Exchange Australia (PEXA). e-Conveyancing minimises the manual process and paperwork associated with property settlements by enabling lawyers, conveyancers and financial institutions to transact together online. It allows lawyers…

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What is a Discretionary Testamentary Trust (DTT)?

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In essence, a DTT is a structure that can be put in your Will that can save your beneficiaries from paying unnecessary tax, and may offer other protections to your beneficiaries as well. Under a Will with no DTT, everything passes directly to your beneficiary – let’s say your spouse. In simplistic terms, your spouse…

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Reasons to Update your Will

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Already have a Will in place? That’s great! Did you know that there are many life changes that can occur which will result in the need to update your Will? Planning to get married? Just got married? One very important life milestone is marriage. If you have decided to get married since doing your Will…

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