With the holiday season behind us and a new year just underway, perhaps you are looking a list of resolutions: getting in shape, eating better, dumping a bad habit, or handling your finances better. If the last is on your list, one of the easiest first steps to financial health is making sure that you have a will and powers of attorney. It is the second step in David Chilton’s bestselling financial self-help guide The Wealthy Barber. Having an updated will and powers of attorney, prepared by a lawyer, is some of the best insurance that you can buy to protect your family. The fact is, none of us want to think about dying, or becoming mentally incapacitated, but tragedies happen every day, and leaving your family without a plan is not an option. So, how do you start?
Finally, don’t put it off any longer. The worst law that applies when you die without a will or are incapacitated without a power of attorney, is the law of unintended consequences. Significant legal fees for court applications, severe tax consequences, and parts of your estate going to people you may not even know are all very real possibilities if you don’t get your will and powers of attorney done. As a lawyer focused on family issues, including estate planning, Angus Bickerton provides you with the legal advice you need to help you make the best decisions for yourself and for your loved ones. Looking at your estate plan is not a morbid task, it is an important part of looking after your family.
Angus Bickerton is a family lawyer and mediator, practicing Family Law, Mediation, Real Estate, Will and Estate Planning, and Estates Administration. If you have any questions, please contact me at this private secure contact form, or via any of the following: