Wills, Powers of Attorney and Advanced Health Directives

No one wants to think about getting sick or dying, however, planning ahead is so very important. We can guide you through all aspects of your estate planning including:

WILLS

POWERS OF
ATTORNEY

ADVANCED CARE DIRECTIVES

A Will is a legal document in which a person expresses their wishes about how their estate will be managed and distributed after their death; they can appoint executors to administer their estate, name guardians for children, establish trusts, provide care for pets, express wishes for funeral arrangements and give money to charities.

To be legally valid, a Will must be in writing, signed and dated in the presence of two witnesses over 18 years-of-age who cannot benefit from the Will directly or indirectly.

A Will can be cancelled when replaced by a new one or revoked under certain changes in personal circumstances such as marriage. Watch this video to learn more about wills.

An Enduring Power of Attorney allows a trusted relative or friend to manage personal matters (including health care) and financial matters for a person; it is a legal document that gives the appointed attorney the legal authority to act on behalf of the person when they are no longer able to make decisions. Lana talks more about enduring powers of attorney on our Facebook channel.

An Advance Health Directive outlines instructions for one’s future health care if they cannot make decisions for themselves and only takes effect under such circumstances. It can also appoint an attorney to make decisions on their behalf for health and personal matters, as well as include information regarding religious, spiritual or cultural beliefs that could affect their care.

A lawyer can help you by drafting a will according to your instructions and in accordance with legal requirements, as well as providing advice on how to effectively distribute your estate. They can also assist with creating Powers of Attorney and Advance Health Directives, ensuring that your wishes are accurately reflected and legally binding. It is important to review these documents regularly and update them if necessary, especially when significant changes occur in one’s life.

In addition, seeking professional advice when creating these documents reduces estate administration uncertainty and errors and may assist in avoiding potential disputes and confusion among loved ones. It is recommended that you let family members know about the existence and location of these documents, and make sure that they have a clear understanding of your wishes.

Taking the time to plan for the future through wills, powers of attorney and advance health directives can provide peace of mind knowing that your affairs will be handled according to your wishes, even when you are no longer able to make decisions for yourself. It is never too early to start planning and ensuring that your loved ones are taken care of in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

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Our Wills, Estate Planning, Powers of Attorney and Advance Health Directives Specialists

We are committed to providing exceptional quality services in the areas of Wills, Powers of Attorney and Advance Health Directives. Our team is composed of dedicated professionals who bring their unique strengths and experiences to ensure our clients’ legal needs are met with the highest standards of excellence.

DOUG JOHNSTON

Solicitor

As a solicitor, Doug has a deep passion for succession law. His nuanced understanding of the field ensures that he can guide you seamlessly through the process of crafting your will. Doug’s commitment to his clients is evident in his diligent attention to detail and his dedication to providing personalised solutions.

RIKI MILLARD

Legal Practitioner Director

Riki is a seasoned law practitioner and the director of our firm. Her leadership has been instrumental in shaping our commitment to high-quality service. Riki’s expertise spans across various aspects of law, but her focus on client satisfaction remains consistent. She upholds the firm’s mission to deliver expert legal advice tailored to each client’s unique situation.

Lana Carter Solicitor

Lana Carter

Solicitor

Admitted in New Zealand as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court, and admitted as a legal practitioner in the Supreme Court of Queensland, specialises in wills, powers of attorney, and advance health directives. Offering a unique, clear communication approach, Lana translates clients’ legacy wishes into legally sound documents, providing a warm and engaging service that prioritises personalisation.

JODY TIMMERMAN

SENIOR PARALEGAL – ESTATES

Jody is an experienced senior paralegal whose vast knowledge and skills are invaluable to our team. Her meticulous work in preparing and managing legal documents ensures our clients’ peace of mind. Jody’s proficiency in navigating complex legal procedures makes her an indispensable asset to our team and our clients.

Together, Riki, Lana, Doug and Jody form a robust team that is dedicated to providing you with comprehensive services that cater to your needs. Our commitment to high-quality, personalised service is at the core of everything we do. Trust us to guide you through your legal journey with professionalism and compassion.

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