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The appointment of an Enduring Guardian gives you confidence you’re in safe hands.

When planning for the future, it’s crucial to consider all aspects of your life, including personal, lifestyle, and health decisions. At Gallagher Solicitors & Conveyancers, we understand how deeply personal and important these choices can be, especially when you might not be able to make them yourself due to illness or incapacity. That’s why we offer services related to the appointment of an Enduring Guardian. This is an essential step in ensuring your preferences and values are upheld, even when you’re unable to express them yourself.

Unlike a Power of Attorney helping with financial and legal decisions in your absence, the appointment of an Enduring Guardian means you are selecting someone you trust to make personal, lifestyle, and welfare decisions on your behalf.

What is an Enduring Guardian?

By creating an Enduring Guardian you can be comfortable that, if at some point in the future, your competence to make important decisions is impaired, someone you know and trust will be there to make those personal decisions with your best wishes in mind.

With an extensive understanding as qualified guardianship lawyers in Grafton, the Gallaghers team have experience covering both the creation of, and litigation in relation to, enduring guardianship and can advise you correctly to put you in the best possible position for your future life.

Similarly, there may come a time where you decide you want to include other terms and conditions so it is important you have a trusted, experienced, and approachable legal team of professionals working alongside you from the very beginning.

Choosing a person (or people) you can trust with your wishes

Don’t wait until it’s too late to appoint a trusted person to be your Enduring Guardian and Enduring Power of Attorney. Having these documents in place reduces the stress for your loved ones if you can’t make legal, financial, or health decisions for yourself.

In some instances, it may be that the person you choose to manage your financial affairs is the same person you appoint for personal care (like a spouse or blood relative), but legally it is demonstrated by two separate documents. We can assist you in choosing the right person from your trusted network that when called upon, is someone you would have the utmost confidence in.

Frequently asked questions

In most circumstances, we can work around what is more convenient for you. We are generally able to work with clients over the phone, via email, or zoom, but if you’d like to meet in person, we can set that up too. Obviously, if there is paperwork to sign we will work with you to arrange an accessible location.

During this 15 minute consultation, we will typically discuss your legal matter and why it is you’ve come to us. We can outline a suggested approach, associated costs to move forward, and the next steps should you choose to continue with our services.

Without meeting or understanding the complexity of your situation, it’s difficult to provide an unmitigated cost. After discussions, once we understand the circumstances of your legal matter, we will be able to give you an estimate of the range of costs you may incur.

We do offer fee arrangements (such as instalments) and can discuss these with you once we establish a way forward. We are always prepared to work with you to come up with a mutually acceptable arrangement.

No, we do not bill in six-minute intervals. We can usually provide a fixed fee quote once we establish the associated works involved in your matter.

We will always be upfront with how long processes take and aim to work as quickly as possible, particularly when you are working to a tight timeframe.

Just remember that some steps in the timeline are out of our hands, so be sure to take that into account.

To prepare for your first appointment, we’ll ask you to send us any documents relating to your matter, as well as any notes that might help us to understand the background a little better.

By the end of your appointment, both of us should know whether or not we can help in your particular matter and the pathway forward. We can also discuss any fees and/or charges to expect to resolve your issue.

Our flat fee for basic general conveyancing is $1,500+GST, plus any disbursements that might come up in that particular matter. Complicated matters may incur a higher fee. Again, we will always be upfront with the charges you can expect.

A Will is an important legal document that outlines your wishes, including how you want your assets distributed, when you die. A well drafted Will may prevent potential family disagreements and reduce the risk of claims against your estate. They can also provide instruction for the appointment of guardians for children under 18 years old, so it’s important your document is up to date and reviewed every couple of years.

Yes, bring your marriage certificate to your meeting. Know that before applying for a divorce, you need to be separated for at least 12 months, but importantly, you do not need to be divorced to obtain a property settlement. We can guide you through that process.

Yes, we can witness your documents by prior appointment.

Any other questions? Just ask!

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