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What if my funeral wishes are not respected once I have passed?

Making funeral arrangements are often not an enjoyable process and disputes between family members about the service often make situations worse. This blog explains whose decision...

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What is the difference between a Justice of the Peace and a Notary Public?

Most Australians will at some point require the services of a Justice of the Peace or a Notary Public. People often wonder what the difference is between the two.

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Millennials: Do I need a Will?

As a millennial, you may be considering when the right time is to get a Will?

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What is an Advance Care Directive and what can they do that your family members can’t?

An Advanced Care Directive (ACD) is a legal document that specifies your healthcare and treatment wishes should you be in a position where you are unable to make this decision for...

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Who should have a statutory Will?

What is a Statutory Will and who should have one?

Recently we acted on a matter involving a young man with a permanent mental incapacity whose financial and family circumstances warranted the making of a Will.

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Death certificates: interim v final

Death certificates: interim v final

In South Australia, when a death has occurred and the cause or date of death is unknown, it is common for an interim death certificate to be issued by the Registry of Births,...

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When someone dies, what is probate?

When someone dies, what is probate?

The death of a family member or friend is often a difficult time. Hopefully, a valid Will is left that specifies what is to happen to any assets upon that death and who the...

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Can my partner and I have the one Will?

Can my partner and I have the one Will?

Whilst in theory you and your partner can have the one Will for both of you, in practice it is not advisable.

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What happens when the beneficiary in my Will is a child under the age of 18?

What happens when the beneficiary in my Will is a child under the age of 18?

It is quite common that people leave a gift (or perhaps the majority of their estate) to a child and that child may well be under the age of 18 years. What happens to that gift if...

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