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Wills

October 9, 2018

Planning ahead now can avoid significant financial and emotional hardship to your family in the future. Your estate planning is not just for when you die, but it also includes a plan for financial and health care decisions in the future, if you are unable to do so.        

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Enduring Power Of Attorney

October 3, 2018

ENDURING POWER OF ATTORNEY An Enduring Power of Attorney is a legal document used to appoint another person (an “attorney”) to manage your financial affairs and make financial decisions.  You can decide if the Enduring Power of Attorney becomes effective immediately or only in the event that you suffer an incapacity in the future. You can make an Enduring Power of Attorney if you have LEGAL CAPACITY.  If there is a question about your legal (mental) capacity, you may need an opinion from your doctor. If you do not have an Enduring Power of Attorney and you become unable to make financial decisions at a later stage in your life, your loved ones may need to seek orders from the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (SACAT).

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Advance Care Directive

October 3, 2018

What is an Advance Care Directive? An Advance Care Directive is a legal form used to record your wishes and instructions for: Future health care Preferred living arrangements, residential and accommodation Life sustaining treatment Palliative Care, Comfort Care, End of life Personal decisions   Planning an Advance Care Directive You can also appoint one or more adults to make decisions for you.  These are known as “substitute decision makers”.  However, you can choose to document your wishes without appointing a substitute decision maker. You can make an Advance Care Directive only while you have LEGAL CAPACITY, i.e. while you are “competent”. To be “competent” you must understand: what an Advance Care Directive is; and the consequences of giving an Advance Care Directive. If there is a question about your competence, you may need an opinion from your doctor. If you do not have an Advance Care Directive and you become unable to make decisions at a later stage in your life. Your loved ones may need to seek an order from the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (SACAT). An Advance Care Directive is effective as soon as it is witnessed. BUT can only be used by a health practitioner or substitute decision maker if at the relevant time, you have “impaired decision making capacity” (i.e. you are not competent to make decisions). An Advance Care Directive provision which states a refusal of particular health care (whether express or implied) is a binding provision.  All other provisions of an Advance Care Directive are non-binding provisions. An Advance Care Directive DOES NOT cover financial matters – (you will need an “Enduring Power of Attorney” for financial matters) Leave us a message to have one of our experienced attorneys walk you through the process of filling out the advance care directive and nominating a substitute decision maker. Giving you the peace of mind that your wishes are taken care of in event that you can’t speak for yourself.

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Wills & Estates

October 2, 2018

Planning ahead now can avoid significant financial and emotional hardship to your family in the future.
Your estate planning is not just for when you die, but it also includes a plan for financial and health care decisions in the future, if you are unable to do so.

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