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Estate planning & wills

Are ‘homemade’ updates to a will valid?

YourLifeChoices members have queries about ‘homemade’ alterations to a will and a plan to pass on half a home to ‘children’. Estate planning lawyer Rod Cunich explains how they should proceed.

COVID-19

Nothing like a pandemic to put pressure on estate planning

Wills and estates specialist Adeline Schiralli tells why we can’t delay when it comes to getting our affairs in order – and keeping them that way.

Legal & General

Explained: A simple checklist for creating your own will

Around half of all Australians don’t have a will, leaving their families and assets unprotected. With this simple checklist, the process of creating your will does not have to be complicated.

Estate planning & wills

How to set up a fund for the grandchildren; how to find an executor

Estate planning expert Rod Cunich answers your questions on trust funds and executors.

Estate planning & wills

How can you tell if you are being left out of a will?

Candice is worried her mother is trying to cut her out of her will. What can she do to remedy the situation?

Estate planning & wills

Will stepfather have the final say with his new will?

Can the new will of a stepfather drawn up after the death of his wife – excluding her children from any inheritance in favour of the stepfather’s only child – be contested? Estate planning lawyer Rod Cunich has the answer.

Legal & General

Desperately seeking help to track down lost estate

When matters of wills and legacies cross state lines and relate to years gone by, the difficulties are multiplied. Gavin* asks estate planning lawyer Rod Cunich for help.

Legal & General

You’ll be amazed at what constitutes a legally binding will

An unsent SMS, a message on a tractor, a poem: the courts say a valid will can take many forms.

Finance

Can you create an effective will without seeking legal advice?

Estate planning lawyer Rod Cunich offers guidance to Arty, who wants to know if he can create a will without seeking legal advice.

Age Pension

Simple tips to help you make the most of your inheritance

What should you do with an inheritance? Should you spend it on your mortgage? A car? How about a holiday? Will your inheritance affect your Age Pension? How does Centrelink assess a lump sum?

Legal & General

Estate planning: is your will in need of a review?

As with many Australians, Jack made his will several years ago and now that his children are adults, he asks legal expert Rod Cunich if he needs to make a new one.

Legal & General

Your queries about executors answered

We all need to ensure we have end-of-life plans in place in a timely fashion to minimise the pain for relatives. YourLifeChoices receives many questions about executors and estate planning lawyer Rod Cunich always has the answers.

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