Superannuation is becoming one of the largest (if not the largest) asset a person holds at the time of their death. However, contrary to popular belief, your superannuation is not automatically covered by your will. Instead most super funds allow you to nominate a person or persons to be paid your super in the event of your death.

Is one of your new year resolutions to get on top of your life admin? Do you have up to date estate planning documents? Australians are generally pretty good at making sure they have adequate insurances to cover circumstances relating to health, cars and property. However according to the NSW Government a staggering 45% of Australians do not have a valid will and for many that have one, the documents are out of date and do not reflect current wishes.

Southern Waters Legal is conveniently located at the end of the Kingsway opposite North Cronulla Beach. We love the location and are lucky to have everything at our doorstep from
amazing sandy beaches to fabulous food and coffee. When we are not in the office supporting our clients these are our favourite spots in Cronulla.

With the warmer weather now here and summer on its way, it’s hot and you want to cool off. Why not try a different spot next time you head down for a swim?

In our Family Law video series we discuss the common questions we get asked by our clients. In this video Georgia and Leona discuss Collaborative family law and if this is the right approach for your matter.

In our Family Law video series we discuss the common questions we get asked by our clients. In this video Georgia and Leona discuss avoiding the court process in a family law matter.

If you are going through the process of Separation and Divorce and you don’t want to end up in court, what can you do? what are your options?

In our Family Law video series we discuss the common questions we get asked by our clients. In this video Georgia and Leona discuss how does divorce work and is this the ‘messy’ part of the process?

A basic estate plan should have 3 essential documents including a Will, Power of Attorney and Enduring Guardianship. As you can see from the diagram below, a Will covers your assets in the event of your death whereas the Power of Attorney and Enduring Guardianship cover your affairs in the event of your incapacity. All three documents are equally as important given they cover off on different scenarios. More information on each document is outlined below.

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When parents are separated, communicating with each other can sometimes be difficult.  Emotions are high and arrangements need to be made for the children but parents are still human and still feel the hurt associated with the breakdown of a relationship.  That said, responsible parents need to find ways to co-parent harmoniously and with the children front of mind.  These days, there is technology that can assist separated parents with their communication if face-to-face communication proves to be difficult.

If you are a separated parent and having difficulty communicating about your children, here are some helpful apps you might like to trial:

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Stepping into a Courtroom can be a daunting prospect.  It’s very formal, there are rules of etiquette to be followed and just generally you probably don’t want to be there.

If you do find yourself in a Courtroom, then here are some tips on how to behave in and around the Court:

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