Entries by Brian Herd

A Will as a health kick?

In my many presentations to older groups and in a cynical moment, I often ask an audience, rhetorically, “Why would you bother to do or, even worse, to pay for a Will? After all, it only benefits other people not you!” Many respond by grunting or murmuring. In one presentation recently however, a woman put […]

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 Law and Living

Later life singlehood will befall many of us. Becoming a widow or widower is an event that at least one partner in a marriage will experience at some time. For some of us, and often suddenly, life comes a full circle.  We are faced with many options we never had in our married lives – […]

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.

Cauldron of Care

Ageing is like a large cauldron into which we pour dollops of frail older people, attentive or disinterested families, professional advisers, helpers, bureaucrats and opportunists. To those raw ingredients, we then add spices: The english mustard of influence; The chipotle of affluence; The chilli seeds of crisis; The jalapenos of dependency; and finally A large […]

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.

CRH again and again

CRH Law is proud to announce that Margaret Arthur has been listed as a “Recommended” Lawyer in the 2017 Doyle’s Guide for Leading Estates Litigation Lawyers – Qld. Congratulations, Margaret!   Brian Herd Recognised as one of the leading experts in Australia on elder law, aged care, retirement, estate planning and disability and a regular […]

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.

CRH again and again

CRH Law is proud to announce that Brian Herd has been listed as a “Leading” lawyer in the 2017 Doyle’s Guide for Leading Wills, Estates and Succession Planning Lawyers – Qld. Congratulations, Brian! Brian Herd Recognised as one of the leading experts in Australia on elder law, aged care, retirement, estate planning and disability and […]

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 Incapacity Roll Call

In a previous article I bemoaned the fact that the ‘privatisation’ of decision making has resulted in a proliferation of people who can make some, or most decisions for us if we lose our ability to do so – technically called substitute decision makers. Now, in what appears to be a rear-guard action against the […]

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 US Senate and elder abuse

While US legislation can often be tortuous and Dickensian, there is one feature that stands out compared to our approach to legislation.  Many pieces of US legislation have a section called the “Findings” and the “Sense“. It is meant to set out what the legislators are thinking in introducing the legislation and to give it […]

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.

How not to provide for your disabled child

There are a significant number of older people in the community who have been caring for their disabled adult children for much of their lives – you could be one of them. The Issue A subliminal concern for many of these parents is what will happen to their child when the parents die. Let’s say […]

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.

Just Kiss It Please

‘Keep it simple stupid’ is the aphorism that most people think, but are too polite to say, when it comes to making their Wills. To them, while it is one of those ‘1001 things I must do before I die’, it is really no more than an ancient ritual producing an elementary piece of parchment […]

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.

Keep your spouse close but your parents closer

For all those baby boomers embarking on a long and sustained period of well-deserved and well-saved for later life pleasure (also known as ‘retiring’ ‘withdrawing’, ‘going away’, ‘leaving’ or ‘retreating’), – stop – think again – your parents need you! Bernie and Bernice had only recently retired. Being newly hatched retirees, they were champing at […]

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.