Electronic Witnessing of Wills and Powers of Attorney

Electronic Witnessing of Wills and Powers of Attorney

Last year was a difficult year for Wills & Estates lawyers. When COVID-19 hit, lawyers had to work from home and could no longer have face-to-face meetings with their clients. A big problem quickly arose, how could our clients sign their Wills in front of two witnesses when they were unable to leave their homes…

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Guardianship of your children

Guardianship of your children

A guardianship clause in your Will is your opportunity to nominate who will look after and care for your children when you die. The guardianship clause in your Will is an indication of your wishes only and as such is not binding. The person you have appointed as your guardian can be challenged by an…

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Advance Care Directive – Part 2 – Instructional Directives

Advance Care Directive - Part 2 - Instructional Directives

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

Advance Care Directive – Part 1

We often mention Appointment of Medical Treatment Decision Maker documents in our Estate Planning discussions. The Appointment of Medical Treatment Decision Maker (AMTDM) is the document under which you can appoint a person to make medical decisions on your behalf when you no longer have the capacity to make those decisions on your own. An…

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Upcoming changes to Medical Powers of Attorney

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Currently there are two Enduring Powers of Attorney in Victoria: An “Enduring Power of Attorney”, which allows you to appoint one or more people to make financial and personal matters on your behalf. The scope of this document is quite broad. An “Enduring Power of Attorney (Medical Treatment)”, which allows you to appoint one person…

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