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Enduring Powers of Attorney (known as an EPA or EPOA) are legal documents that allow you to appoint someone you trust to make decisions for you if you are no longer able to do so yourself. Some people set an EPA up when they buy their first home or start...
This is a common sentiment, and, in many situations, families do indeed do the right thing for those who trust them. Life however is often complicated by the fact that people don’t always see things the same way and rather than letting family members sort things out amongst themselves, each...
It is recommended that you review your Will every year to ensure it’s still up to date. If your circumstances have changed, you should definitely make changes to your Will. This could include a change to your relationship status (leaving a relationship or beginning a new one), an addition to...
If you die without having made a Will, your property is distributed according to the terms laid down in law, which may not be as you would wish. This is usually more costly to your estate and a slower process. The people you care about most may not be looked...
A Will is an important document as it allows you to stipulate what happens to your estate after your death. It is advisable to consult a specialist when looking to make a Will. Ask about the cost; some organisations or lawyers may do this for free if they are also...
From 7 November 2021, those over 18 who experience unbearable suffering from a terminal illness will be able to legally ask for medical assistance to end their lives (under the End of Life Choice 2019 Act). The legislation sets tight controls about who can access the option but the crucial...
The End of Life Choice Act 2019 comes into law in New Zealand on 7 November 2021. From that date, those over 18 who experience unbearable suffering from a terminal illness will be able to legally ask for medical assistance to end their lives. The legislation sets tight controls on...
IMPORTANT – Always obtain skilled professional advice regarding this topic. Often this question is asked with the thought that residential care fees might be avoided by setting up a family trust, and a subsidy obtained, if care is needed in the future. Family trusts set up with this purpose have...