Side by Side: A guide for people wanting support to make decisions

This guide contains step-by-step instructions, an easy English fact sheet, and the forms to apoint a medical support person and supportive attorney. The information and forms in this edition have been updated to take into account the implementation of the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 which came into effect on 12 March 2018.

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Changes to Guardianship laws in Victoria effective 1 March 2020

Changes to Victorian guardianship laws simplify and modernise guardianship, protecting and promoting the human rights and dignity of adults with a disability, including the elderly and those with age-related illnesses and impaired decision making. It also introduces new offences. Lawyer Juliet O’Brien outlines the key issues that those involved with guardianship and administration matters for represented persons need to be aware of.

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Introduction to trusts

The team at Hall & Willcox provide some valuable insights into trusts.  The original article can be accessed here. What is a trust? A trust is not a legal person, like an individual or a company. It is a legal relationship that involves a legal owner (the trustee) holding property for…

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Wills: 20,000 reasons why not to DIY

We have all heard about people writing their own wills. However the repercussions that come from not doing things properly in the first place. Recently we have seen a number of DIY Wills that have unfortunately gone wrong. Often it is the case of someone with best intentions trying to do it themselves, which ultimately ends up creating no end of complications, confusion and costs.

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