01. Estate Planning
If you think about it, taking the time and spending the money to create a legally enforceable, well drafted will is the most selfless thing you can do.
Your will is the vehicle you create to ensure that your assets and property pass as seamlessly as possible to your loved ones when you are no longer here to oversee the transaction.
Avid Law has the experience and knowledge to ensure that your testamentary wishes are correctly documented. A small investment now can save your loved ones a great deal of trouble when you pass and ensure that your estate does not bear the costs of sorting things out later. This means that your beneficiaries get the maximum benefit of your gifts to them.
Avid Law offers a range of estate planning products to allow you to chose the option that is right for you and your circumstances.
Power of Attorney
A power of attorney is probably the most powerful legal document you can sign. It gives the person you appoint the legal authority to stand in your shoes for almost all matters concerning your legal and financial affairs.
An enduring power of attorney is an essential tool in your estate planning arsenal because it ensures that you have certainty over who will look after your legal and financial affairs on your behalf if you lose legal capacity and can no longer make these decisions for yourself.
Having your power of attorney drafted properly is crucial to ensure that your chosen attorney has the authority to look after you when you are at your most vulnerable.
Avid Law has the skill and experience to ensure that your power of attorney correctly enacts your wishes.
Appointment of Enduring Guardian
An appointment of enduring guardian is a document that allows you to appoint the person or persons you trust to look after your health and lifestyle decisions on your behalf if you lose legal capacity and can no longer make these decisions for yourself.
Your enduring guardian is legally empowered by you to make decision around things like:
Consenting to medical and dental treatment on your behalf;
Deciding where you will live;
Deciding what kinds of personal services you will receive;
Refusing consent to medical treatment on your behalf in certain instances (e.g blood transfusions, during final stages of palliative care).
This document dovetails with your power of attorney to ensure that all of your needs are looked after by the people you trust to make these crucial decisions on your behalf when you are at your most vulnerable.
Advanced Health Care Directive
With ongoing advances in modern medicine, people are being kept alive for longer. The downside of this is that people may be kept around far beyond what you may consider to be natural.
An advanced heath care directive is an important tool to ensure that your wishes are recorded and adhered to by your treating medical practitioners when you are in the final stages of palliative care.
Avid Law can assist you to record your wishes so that you can have certainty at a time when you can no longer advocate for yourself.