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A will is a legal document that sets out who you want to receive your assets.  It also specifies who will manage your assets until they are distributed to the people you have named.

Having a will makes it easier on the people who depend on you at a time when they will be grieving. 

If you pass away without a Will your loved ones may face difficulty sorting out your wishes.  If there is no Will, the law determines how your estate is divided, and what happens to the people who depend on you.  It may not always be what you think or what you would want.

It is really important to update your will regularly, especially if there is a major change in your life, like getting married, having children or acquiring a business.

At The Law Shop we ask all the questions to create a will that will provide certainty and protection for your family and your assets.

Powers of Attorney

A power of attorney is a legal document that gives someone else the power to act for you if you are unable to act for yourself.

You never know what is around the corner, so it is important that you set out who can make decisions for you in the event of an accident or illness.

By taking control now of who can make these decisions, and arranging a Power of Attorney you can save time, money and unnecessary stress on your loved ones.

There are two types of Power of Attorney:

  1. Ordinary powers are best used for temporary purposes – for example if you're going overseas and want someone to be able to send you cash from your accounts, to pay bills here or to sort out a new passport because you have lost yours.
  2. An enduring power of attorney offers long term protection as it applies even if you lose mental capacity and can relate to property or your personal care and welfare.

You can also sign a Deed of Delegation which will allow someone to act for you as a trustee or executor of someone else’s estate.

We can help you make sure the power of attorney suits your situation.  This includes determining whether you should restrict your attorney’s powers to particular issues or types of decisions and any other provisions you may need.

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