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3 essential documents

3 Essential Documents to your Estate Plan

A basic estate plan should always include 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…

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The importance of having a Will

Even though a Will is one of the most important documents you will ever sign, current statistics show that almost one in two Australians do not have a valid Will. According to the NSW Government, 55% of Australians have a…

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Testamentary Trusts, Wills & Education Costs

How to pay for your grandkids’ education through your Will?

It’s in our nature to look out for our loved ones and one of the most valuable assets you will ever ‘own’ is your education. So it’s not surprising that we receive a number of calls from people wishing to...Read More
Legal aspects of Christmas gifting

The legal side to Christmas gifting: What you need to know

Christmas is that wonderful time of year when we shower our loved ones in gifts to celebrate the festive season. While it’s a joyous time for both those who are giving and receiving its important to forward think and know…

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Halloween & Estate Planning: Visits from the souls of the past

Halloween is that “very American” holiday where the kids dress up to ‘trick or treat’, the students party all weekend and parents stock their pantries with sweets in a bid to protect their homes from the kids and students. Halloween…

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DIY Wills - Southern Waters Legal

The Curse of the DIY Will

“Homemade Wills are a curse” – This was the opening remark in a recent judgment of an Australian Will dispute case… Monique Hayes, Southern Waters Legal’s deceased estates solicitor, agrees! Monique sees first hand the expensive mess left behind when…

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Celebrity Estate Planning Lessons from 2014

As we come to the end of 2014 and reflect on the year that has been, it is a timely reminder that we can all learn something from tragic celebrity deaths. Let’s explore some of the Estate Planning lessons we…

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Helping Your Children Buy Property – Risk Versus Reward

We’ve all heard the statistics about children living with their parents into their thirties, but while crippling house prices may be to blame, some parents are taking a more pro-active approach and shuffling their children out the door and into…

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What Happens to My Pets if I Die?

Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world, with about 63% of households owning pets. Astoundingly, there are estimated to be 33 million pets in Australia, so they outnumber people in this country. Most Australians…

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Southern Series Issue 3

Happy Christmas and welcome to the Christmas Edition of the Southern Waters Legal newsletter. The team at Southern Waters Legal would like to wish you a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. We thank you for all of your…

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