Do I really need a Will?

It might be that you think your estate is only small and therefore it is not worth the cost of having a Will prepared. Consider the following however: 1. Your estate may be much larger than you anticipate, if for example superannuation death benefits and the proceeds of insurance claims are paid into the estate.…

Safe custody

The firm Ehrich Monahan and Tisdall has closed and Chris Monahan has retired. Ehrich Monahan and Tisdall’s safe custody has now been transferred to Springwood Lawyers. Therefore if Ehrich Monahan and Tisdall held your original Will, Enduring Power of Attorney, Advance Heath Directive or Title Deed, such documents are now held on your behalf by…

Family law clients

Springwood Lawyers have taken over Ehrich, Monahan and Tisdall’s ongoing family law matters, now that Chris Monahan has retired and the firm has closed its doors. If you have a family law problem, that previously Chris Monahan would have assisted you with, then contact Springwood Lawyers and make an appointment with Colin Simpson, for a…

Retirement Village and Nursing Home Accommodation

Retirement village accommodation is generally a more legally secure arrangement than granny flat accommodation. Contract documents can seem overwhelming however and you will likely need advice to understand the upfront, ongoing and exit costs related to entering a retirement village contract. Obtaining legal advice with respect to nursing home contracts is also prudent. Springwood Lawyers…

Misuse of Enduring Powers of Attorney

As our population lives longer but becomes more frail, there has become an increasing need to appoint substitute decision makers under Enduring Powers of Attorney. Unfortunately this increased use of Enduring Powers of Attorney has also increase the prevalence of financial exploitation of older persons by attorneys. Misuse of Enduring Powers of Attorney is a…

Granny Flat Agreements

While it is reasonable to want to stay living in your own home for as long as possible, the changes accompanying advanced age may make it necessary to consider other accommodation alternatives. A granny flat typically involves an aged parent moving into the home of one of their children to be looked after for as…

Elder Financial Abuse

These matters involve the loss by an older person of their assets, such as the depletion of their savings or the transfer of their home in circumstances where a child or family member or a carer or an acquaintance enters into an arrangement with the older person, whereby they receive such monies or transfer of…