Wills & Estates

How to lawfully hold and dispose of Wills and Safe Custody Documents

16 Mar 2022

How to lawfully hold and dispose of Wills and Safe Custody Documents

The Legal Profession Act & Ethics Committee clarifies how safe custody documents should be held and disposed of.

Death benefits: The obligations of legal personal representatives in relation to collecting superannuation

20 Oct 2021

Death benefits: The obligations of legal personal representatives in relation to collecting superannuation

What are executors’ and administrators’ obligations in relation to collecting superannuation death benefits? Gillian Hunter from the Elder Law & Succession Law Committee provides background and guidance on this thorny issue. From the Spring 2021 edition of Ethos.

Wills and safe custody packets: Can they be disposed of lawfully?

20 Oct 2021

Wills and safe custody packets: Can they be disposed of lawfully?

John Buxton of McInnes Wilson Lawyers discusses the current laws around disposing of client documents, provides some guidance for ACT lawyers, and gives some suggestions for how existing legislation could be improved. From the Spring 2021 edition of Ethos.

Electronic witnessing of documents

6 Oct 2021

Electronic witnessing of documents

Guidance to members for electronic witnessing of Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney.

Enduring Power of Attorney

2 Aug 2021

Enduring Power of Attorney

An Enduring Power of Attorney is the only way you can choose and control who can make decisions on your behalf if you can’t.

Making a Will

2 Aug 2021

Making a Will

Every person over the age of eighteen should make a Will. Your Will sets out how you want your assets distributed when you die.

Do you need help with a will?

29 Mar 2021

Do you need help with a will?

You may have heard local lawyer Katie Binstock, the Chair of our Elder Law & Succession Law Committee, chatting with Georgia Stynes on ABC Radio recently about why it’s important to have a legal will. We've compiled some useful resources on this topic.

Best Practice Guide for Legal Practitioners in relation to Elder Financial Abuse

23 Sep 2020

Best Practice Guide for Legal Practitioners in relation to Elder Financial Abuse

Guidance for legal practitioners to identify and address potential issues regarding elder financial abuse.

Po-tay-to, po-tah-to: How construing a Will can cause some headaches

24 Jul 2020

Po-tay-to, po-tah-to: How construing a Will can cause some headaches

Kerstin Glomb from the Law Society’s Elder Law & Succession Law Committee shows how ‘standard’ wording in Wills relies on everybody having the same interpretation of words — a linguistic nirvana that simply doesn’t exist. From the Winter 2020 edition of Ethos.

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