Legal Information

Wills

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A Will is a legal document that sets out what you want to happen to your property (known as your estate), and other belongings after you pass away. Your Will can provide instructions for the person(s) or organisation that will take over and know what to do with your estate, such as what happens to your assets, whether you are an organ donor, and instructions about your funeral.

Want to know more? Download the Wills information sheet here

Death of a Partner Checklist

Many people struggle with legal, financial and administrative requirements when their partner dies – a time when they are most vulnerable both emotionally and financially. To help in such a difficult time here is a checklist of things to consider when a partner passes away.

Download the checklist here

Information for Executors

The executor is a person(s) or organisation who has been nominated by someone in their Will, who has recently passed away. The executor is responsible to carry out the recently deceased person’s final wishes and all financial affairs. To find out whom the executor is (if they have not been informed before the death occurred) they will be mentioned in the current Will.

If there is no executor named in the Will. The Supreme Court of Victoria needs to appoint someone to administer the estate, which is called the administrator. This is often the beneficiary with the largest portion of the estate. The court will provide the executor with a Grant of Representation which is a legal document that allows the executor or administrator to handle all assets of the deceased estate

Want to know more? Download the Executors information sheet here

Elder Abuse

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Elder abuse is any act which causes harm to an older person and is carried out by someone they know and trust such as a family member or friend. The abuse may be physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual and can include mistreatment and neglect.

People who are concerned about abuse or neglect that is affecting them or someone they know can call Seniors Rights Victoria on 1300 36 8821. http://www.seniorsrights.org.au

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  1. Winifred Norton says:

    Where do I find out about stamp duty for seniors?

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