Established 1974

Phone : 02 4578 3005

Phone : 02 4578 3005

COVID – 19 PRECAUTIONS
The health and safety of our clients, staff and their families in these uncertain times is our paramount concern.
We’re not changing what we do, just the way we do it.
We shall endeavour to provide as high a level of service as is possible in the circumstances but:

Face to face meetings will be held only if essential (and if permitted by government rules). All client conferences will be conducted by telephone or electronic means;
For Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney and Appointments of Enduring Guardian, instructions will be received and advice given by telephone and/or e-mail;
Wills will be prepared and sent by e-mail to the client for printing with instructions for signing;
Enduring Powers of Attorney and Appointments of Enduring Guardian require to be witnessed by a lawyer. However, we anticipate that statutory measures will be introduced to accommodate the execution of these and similar documents and if this happens, we shall update this advice. Otherwise, these documents can be signed when the current crisis has passed.
If you have a current court matter, your lawyer will advise you as to the current procedures being adopted by the court during the crisis.

In recent times, many cases have come before the Court relating to misuse of Enduring Powers of Attorney and failed granny-flat arrangements.

If you are contemplating entering into a granny-flat agreement with a child or an elderly parent, it is extremely important that each party obtains independent legal advice.

The elder will need to be fully advised about the proposed transaction and especially concerning the consequences;

(a)   if the child dies or becomes bankrupt;

(b)   if a mortgagee of the property which includes the granny-flat exercises its power of sale;

(c)   if the relationship between the child and his/her spouse breaks down and there are Family Law proceedings involving the property;

(d)   if the elder needs to go into aged care and needs money to pay for his/her accommodation;

(e)   the effect which any payment by the elder to the child may have on his/her ability to make testamentary provision for other beneficiaries.