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What is a testamentary guardian?

When drafting your will, an important consideration is who to appoint as testamentary guardian for any minor children. Before appointing a testamentary guardian it’s important to know the role they will play in your child’s life should you die, and any restrictions on their powers. This article explores the role of a testamentary guardian.
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When there’s (nearly) a Will, there’s a way

What happens if someone dies without a will, but a document exists which seems to express the deceased’s intentions? This article explores options to ensure the deceased’s wishes are fulfilled, notwithstanding the absence of a formal will.
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Happily ever after…but is your will valid?

When planning a wedding there are so many things to consider – the cake, the dress, the guest list, your wills… Now that last one is not something that you would see in most wedding planner lists but it is very important.
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The importance of enduring powers of attorney

Enduring powers of attorney are an important step in ensuring your personal affairs are in order. Having signed documents in place gives you and your family certainty as to who will look after you and your assets if you cannot. This article discusses the importance of signing enduring powers of attorney and what happens if a person becomes mentally incapable without them.
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The Impact of Marriage or Civil Union on Wills

Getting married or entering into a civil union may have the unintended consequence of revoking a will, while the end of a marriage or civil union may prevent a former spouse or partner from being able to act as an executor of or receive a benefit from a deceased estate. The age at which a person is able to make a will depends upon whether or not the will-maker is or has been married or in a civil union.
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What’s in a Death Certificate?

A death certificate forms part of the national register of the population of the country and is also an important family record. This article looks at the information needed to produce a complete and accurate death certificate.
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Think carefully before cutting a child out of your will

If you are considering excluding a child from your will, you need to be aware of potential claims that child may have against your estate. This article provides a brief summary of the rights children have under the Family Protection Act to challenge their parent’s wills.
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