Wills and other legal matters

If someone witnesses my will being signed by Skype, is that valid?

If someone witnesses my will being signed by Skype, is that valid?

This article was updated on Wednesday, June 29, 2022. If someone witnesses my will being signed by Skype, is that valid? Yes, to witness a will via technology is now valid. Video conferencing technology like Skype, WhatsApp, FaceTime and Zoom can now be used in NSW in the witnessing of … Read more

Free legal advice to pensioners from the Trustee and Guardian.

Trustee and Guardian's Office gives free legal advice to pensioners.

Free legal advice for pensioners is given by the NSW Trustee And Guardian. NSW Trustee and Guardian is a state government agency that provides a full range of Wills and Estate Planning services for the community.   The preparation of Estate Planning documents such as Will, Power of attorney and Enduring … Read more

Choosing the executor of your will.

Ambre Langdown of ACL Law, Sanctuary Cove.

Lawyer Ambre Langdown published a story on her LinkedIn page last week (June 10) that contains practical, up-to-date information about choosing the executor of your will. As Ambre says, people see this as an honour – both those bestowed with the task and those who are doing the bestowing. “However, … Read more

Your will: a popular topic.

Wills and funerals - topics at the talks we've held on end of life.

One of the topics people most want to talk about is wills, when we get together to chat at talks on the subject of preparing for a good death. It’s best to get individual advice from a lawyer, who can drill down into your very particular circumstances. But here are … Read more

The ideal vs the real family

Norman’s children all believe they know what he would want when he is dying.

I picked up many, many gems of wisdom from North Sydney’s ‘Conversations about Death and Dying’ on Saturday, (May 25, 2019.) It never ceases to amaze me that no matter how much you think you know about a subject there is always so much more to learn.

What is a next-of-kin?

Yesterday I signed on as a dear friend’s next-of-kin, through the NSW police program. My friend lives alone and registering her form with her local police station means if she’s involved in an accident or major incident, I’ll be informed, so will be able to support her. I’ll let her … Read more

DIY probate

When Mel’s mother Dorothy Richard died, Mel and her husband Gav decided to handle the probate themselves, without getting a solicitor involved. So what is probate? The West Australian public trustee has a good definition: “Probate is the process of proving and registering in the Supreme Court the last Will … Read more