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Polyamory and your estate plan

Polyamory and your estate planThis post is for our poly pals with more than one spouse...this may look like one married spouse + one or more de facto spouses, or more than one de facto spouse. Complex family arrangements make it important for you to get legal advice. Keep in mind this post…

“Do it yourself and get a JP to witness it”

"Do it yourself then get a JP to witness it"Getting your legal advice on Facebook? Please don’t.A comment that regularly comes up in community groups is “just DIY your Will and get a JP to witness it”.*So* much wrong with this comment.It’s a common myth that having a JP (Justice…

Want to be a digital avatar after death?

Want to be a digital avatar after death?[Grief tech is here!]Opinion piece written by Jacqui Thomas, Director and LawyerGrief Tech is on the rise – does this mean the end of traditional mourning?There are a bunch of start ups out of California [eg. Here After, Seance AI, Storyfile, Replika] offering…

What happens without an Enduring Power of Attorney?

What happens without an Enduring Power of Attorney?You lost the ability to make decisions for yourself. You don’t have an Enduring Power of Attorney.What happens now?"It depends"It’s the typical lawyer answer, right? “It depends”.Well, it does depend on the circumstances at the time. Like what decisions need to be made and in…

What happens if I die without a Will?

What happens if I die without a Will?Losing someone you love is tough, and dealing with the legal stuff afterward can be confusing. If someone passes away without a Will, it can create additional challenges for their family.When someone dies without a Will, it's called "intestacy." This means that the…

Capturing Lasting Memories: The Role of Funeral Photography

Capturing Lasting MemoriesThe Role of Funeral Photography In a world where memories and emotions are eternally intertwined, capturing the essence of a farewell through photography can be a powerful tool for both healing and remembrance. Funerals and celebration of life services, while poignant and essential, often pass in a blur of…

Empowering Children: Exploring Death, Loss, and Emotions Together

Empowering ChildrenExploring Death, Loss, and Emotions Together Our house is filled with books. We shuffle them aside to sit on the couch, trip over book towers in bedrooms, and we love the library bus that visits our suburb each week. The benefits of reading to children are numerous; from language…

Could you benefit from a death doula?

Could you benefit from a death doula? Have you heard of a death doula? What about an end of life doula or death walker? These terms describe a person that supports families and individuals in grief, bereavement, and death literacy. While birth doulas are fairly common in today's society, end of…

Securing Your Legacy: Harnessing the Power of a Testamentary Discretionary Trust for Intergenerational Wealth Transfer

Securing Your LegacyHarnessing the Power of a Testamentary Discretionary Trust for Intergenerational Wealth TransferAs you reach the later stages of life and see grown-up children building their own lives, it's common to reflect on the legacy you will leave behind for our loved ones.  A testamentary discretionary trust ("TDT") is a powerful…

Safeguarding Your Future: The Crucial Role of an Enduring Power of Attorney in Later Life

Safeguarding Your Future: The Crucial Role of an Enduring Power of Attorney in Later LifeAs we journey through life, certain milestones demand attention and prompt us to consider future plans. One such milestone occurs as children grow up and our focus shifts towards securing our own well-being and financial stability. It's…
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