Thinking about a will is very stressful for your family and friends and passing away without a will may create additional hardship for your loved one. Preparing your will now allows you to appoint the executor of your choice and dictate which beneficiaries get assets in your estate. This is an important way of minimizing conflict between those you leave behind.
Enduring Power of Attorney
An Enduring Power of Attorney allows you to appoint another person, your “Attorney”, to make financial and legal decisions for you. If you become incapacitated without an Enduring Power of Attorney, your loved ones may need to apply to a Court for a Committeeship, which is an expensive and lengthy process.
Representation Agreements / Healthcare Agreements
A Representation Agreement can be an all-encompassing document appointing a legal representative to handle legal, financial, and healthcare matters. But to ensure your privacy is respected, we encourage clients to rely on a Power of Attorney for non-medical issues and use a Healthcare Agreement to appoint an individual to act on your behalf with respect to personal and healthcare matters, including end of life decisions.