Four Estate Planning Documents Every Australian Needs

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It is estimated that approximately half of all Australians die without a will in place.  If you die without a will (also known as “intestate”) your assets may be distributed by an administrator in a way other than you intended; and if you don't have any living relatives, your estate is paid to the government. A last will and testament is the foundation to any good estate plan. It allows you to decide how your assets will be distributed, can help speed up the probate process, and decide how your dependants will be taken care of. However, there are other essential documents needed for affairs to be...

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Blended Families and Estate Planning

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Navigating life for blended families can be difficult, especially when you begin to look into the area of estate planning. Inheritance, assets and organising a will are big topics and can become confronting and overwhelming without the added stress of a second marriage and step children. Here are some important things to consider when estate planning for a “step family.” What Should Estate Planning for Blended Families Include? Estate planning goes beyond simply creating a final will and testament. It incorporates instructions that are specific to events that occur after your death.  This is especially important within blended families, to ensure that particular family members are appropriately provided for. Estate Planning includes instructions for after your death regarding the distribution of assets, alongside the...

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Estate Planning: 5 Steps To Avoid Inheritance Disputes

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Planning a strategy to deal with your assets after you die isn’t something most people want to think about. Even though we know how important it is, it can be very difficult to find the energy for estate planning. Unfortunately, if it is neglected or done poorly, it can result in family disputes. That’s why it’s so important to invest quality time into carefully curating and fine-tuning your estate plan. Read on for 5 planning tips to avoid family disputes.  1. Hire an estate planning lawyer With an increasing amount of online estate planning guides, it can be tempting to opt for the ‘cheaper’ and ‘easier’...

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How do we Help Children Cope with our Divorce?

A separation or a divorce can be tough for the whole family, including any children. Although as adults we may have some idea of what caused the breakdown in our relationship, children are often completely in the dark as to why their parents no longer want to live together, and why the only way of life they’ve ever known is changing. However, with the correct advice and support, you can help your child through the process. In this article, we look at how that’s possible.  Introduce any Changes Gradually  Many children feel uncomfortable with their parents sorting their schedule for them; especially...

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How do I Approach the Subject of Separation with my Child?

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Although you may feel that going through a separation is emotionally exhausting, talking to your child about separation is one stage of the process that you simply cannot skip. This is because, even though it is undoubtedly a difficult conversation to have, your child has a right to know that their parents are separating. In this post, we’ll cover how you can make this process as painless as possible for you, your partner and your child, highlighting what you should and shouldn’t say or do. Things to Say Keep the Discussion Simple and Fact-Based Although you need to tell your child that their parents are separating, you do not necessarily...

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