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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

COVID heaps 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: 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

What happens when a will is lost

Even the most prepared among us can come a cropper when valuable legal documents go missing. YourLifeChoices member Ellen has misplaced the wills made by her and her husband and now when she needs them most, she needs legal guidance on where to turn.

Estate planning & wills

How much to update a will?

Marcia wants to update her will and has asked estate planning expert Rod Cunich how much it will cost to make a few minor amendments.

Legal & General

The many guises of a valid will

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

Finance

Creating a will without legal help?

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

Estate planning & wills

Making sense of estate planning woes

Estate planning expert Rod Cunich helps YourLifeChoices members with their queries about wills, powers of attorney and difficulties relating to bequests.

Finance News

New law to fight elder abuse

A decision to establish minimum standards for powers of attorney described as a major step forward in fighting financial elder abuse.

Finance

Can disrespectful son be blocked?

A mother wants to remove her disrespectful son from her will. Estate planning specialist Rod Cunich explains the repercussions of such actions, as well as how to get around them.

News

How Facebook could ruin your will

A Melbourne lawyer is warning older Australians that their wills and estates could be endangered by their executor’s online activities.

Finance

Your most-asked end-of-life queries

YourLifeChoices members send estate planning lawyer Rod Cunich dozens of email queries every month. Here are some of the most-asked questions and his responses.

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