Succession & Elder Law

  • Same sex marriage – issues for estate planning

    Although the recent same-sex marriage reform creates significant legal benefits for same-sex couples, those who were already married overseas or looking to get married in Australia should be aware of certain estate planning issues.

    The recent legislative amendments mean same-sex couples who have married overseas in accordance with the marriage laws of those countries will now have their marriages recognised as valid under Australian Law from 9 December 2017.

  • Proposed changes to the Guardianship and Administration Act

    The government has introduced a new Bill, the Guardianship and Administration Bill 2018 into the lower house of parliament. The Bill is intended to replace the Guardianship and Administration Act 1986 with new laws that will provide a contemporary legislative framework for the appointment of guardians and administrators by the Victorian Civil and Administrat

  • Who makes the decisions?

    Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016

    Changes to Medical Treatment Planning come in to operation in Victoria on 12 March 2018.

    One of the most important questions we deal with when discussing a person’s medical affairs is “who makes the decisions?” The short answer is, you do! But what happens when you cannot make the decision for yourself?

  • Who makes the decisions?

    Changes to the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016

    One of the most important questions we deal with when discussing a person’s medical affairs is “who makes the decisions”. The short answer is, you do! But what happens when you cannot make decisions for yourself?

    Current Legislative Framework in Victoria

    The law varies in each state.  This article deals with the Victorian law.  Presently, medical practitioners need a patient’s consent before performing any medical treatment.