Entries by Brian Herd

Do you have hapathy?

Some of us suffer from a life-long, debilitating and often incurable state of mind known as apathy. The condition can manifest in avoidance, ignorance, inertia or indifference. It can also be associated with depression, a feeling of hopelessness and ineffectiveness. In general, it can cause us to be very sad. We also tend to dismiss […]

Brian Herd
Recognised as one of the leading experts in Australia on elder law, aged care, retirement, estate planning and disability and a regular author, broadcaster and popular presenter on many elder law subjects and issues.

More Legal Oscars

This feels just like the Academy Awards but, earlier this year we humbly announced that several of us here in the firm had been voted by our peers as some of the best in our field and in particular: Brian Herd as one of Queensland’s best lawyers in the area of Seniors and Retirement Law; […]

Brian Herd
Recognised as one of the leading experts in Australia on elder law, aged care, retirement, estate planning and disability and a regular author, broadcaster and popular presenter on many elder law subjects and issues.

Wills for Losers

You’re right (the customer always is) – why would you want to spend good money on doing a document that only benefits other people, not you – such as a Will. I mean, look what you’ve already given in hand outs to your family and now, on your celestial transfer, you’re expected to give them […]

Brian Herd
Recognised as one of the leading experts in Australia on elder law, aged care, retirement, estate planning and disability and a regular author, broadcaster and popular presenter on many elder law subjects and issues.

Size can be a problem – Part 2

In my previous article about the effect of size on families, I discussed the will making issues that can arise in large families. This article addresses the issues in making an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPOA) – the document where you appoint people to make decisions for you if you lose your capacity to do […]

Brian Herd
Recognised as one of the leading experts in Australia on elder law, aged care, retirement, estate planning and disability and a regular author, broadcaster and popular presenter on many elder law subjects and issues.

Being Silly

Myth – I will never lose my ability to make my own decisions. Reality – Yes you could – so could I If you don’t plan for it i.e., do something, such as an Enduring Power of Attorney, here are just two things you should know about your silliness: No one – not your spouse, […]

Brian Herd
Recognised as one of the leading experts in Australia on elder law, aged care, retirement, estate planning and disability and a regular author, broadcaster and popular presenter on many elder law subjects and issues.

Size Can Be A Problem – Part 1

Before the introduction of television as a form of contraception, there were few effective electronic conjugal distractions for many of us at night. As a consequence, the current older generation tended to produce a large number of children. In their later lives, that fact has created a series of conundrums for older people that we […]

Brian Herd
Recognised as one of the leading experts in Australia on elder law, aged care, retirement, estate planning and disability and a regular author, broadcaster and popular presenter on many elder law subjects and issues.

The Cost of a Caring Sandwich

Here are some questions for you baby boomers out there: How are you travelling as part of the ‘sandwich generation’? Do you feel squeezed between the needs of your adult children and the needs of your elderly parents? Is the tension even worse – squashed between your adult children, their children (your grandchildren) and your […]

Brian Herd
Recognised as one of the leading experts in Australia on elder law, aged care, retirement, estate planning and disability and a regular author, broadcaster and popular presenter on many elder law subjects and issues.

Squabbles Squabbles Plenty Troubles

Sibling disputes are becoming like a virus infecting and infesting older peoples’ happiness in later life – is there a cure? As Elder lawyers we are constantly confronted by what we call the caring gestation cycle: Mum or dad are alone at home They are becoming more dependent and reliant on family support and care […]

Brian Herd
Recognised as one of the leading experts in Australia on elder law, aged care, retirement, estate planning and disability and a regular author, broadcaster and popular presenter on many elder law subjects and issues.

Calling all Boomers – So you want to be your Parent’s Carer?

We do a lot of work in the area of family arrangements involving adult children providing care to, or for, their parent/s. It is on the rise and likely to exponentially increase as we live longer and residential age care becomes more expensive. If you’re thinking of doing it, here are 6 factors you might […]

Brian Herd
Recognised as one of the leading experts in Australia on elder law, aged care, retirement, estate planning and disability and a regular author, broadcaster and popular presenter on many elder law subjects and issues.

Not Again!

For the umpteenth year, in the Best Lawyers in Australia 2018, Brian Herd has again been selected by his peers in the legal profession as one of Australia’s best lawyers in the field of Retirement Villages and Senior Living Law.  Well done me and from all of us at CRH Law. Brian Herd Recognised as […]

Brian Herd
Recognised as one of the leading experts in Australia on elder law, aged care, retirement, estate planning and disability and a regular author, broadcaster and popular presenter on many elder law subjects and issues.