Entries by Brian Herd

Dear Lawyers – A little birdie told me something

For all you lawyers (and even financial advisers) out there who occasionally dip their little finger to taste that fine vintage known as elder law, beware. A little birdie recently told me that the next possible target of attack on lawyers’ competence and professional standards will be those who draft family agreements or what are […]

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.

Smile! – Not in my bedroom (or ensuite)!

As a way of addressing concerns about the quality of care in Aged Care, there has been a recent public push for the installation of CCTV in resident’s rooms in Aged Care Facilities. Just last week, for example, a Bill was introduced in the South Australian Parliament for just that purpose. I have no doubt […]

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.

To all you elder abusers out there

You probably know how the law is supine as a tool for pursuing your abuse or even in discouraging it. As a result, you mostly get away with it. You have a sense of immunity emboldened and inoculated, ironically, by the inertness of the law itself. So here’s a thought. What if: We had a […]

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.

Laughing and Learning

I have been giving presentations to older peoples’ interest groups and organisations for a long time now. They tend to target what I call ‘later life issues’ particularly those aspects of our lives we tend to want to avoid as the future gets closer, if not clearer. My approach is to make the presentations both […]

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.

Trump on elder law

On any definition, Donald Trump is one – an elder. We are attuned to expect the unexpected and sometimes offensive tweets from him mixed with self-proclaimed good news for some and bad news for others. Recently, however, Trump signed into law the Senior Safe Act. The new law, with bipartisan support, extends immunity for individuals […]

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.

Elder Law strikes again

A new publication entitled “Elder Law – A Guide to Working with Older Australians” has just been published by Federation Press. Among many other distinguished contributors, I have authored the somewhat topical chapter on “Residential Aged Care Facilities and Home Care” For more details on this essential handbook on all you need to know about […]

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.

Aged care and the law of roughness

For a very long time, it seems, the concept of roughness did not appear as an issue in the legal landscape. As a topic of conversation, we may have had social discussions in parent groups about  boys engaging in rough play but that was usually held to be just ‘normal’ developmental behaviour. In recent times, […]

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.

When it comes to aged care – speed is of the essence

If you’re a current full age pensioner and you need to consider moving into residential aged care, here is a salutary story about not dilly dallying when it comes to getting into action mode. We all probably know, or at least suspect, that aged care is complicated and potentially expensive, even for age pensioners. In […]

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.

What do lawyers think of us?

Yet again, in Doyles Guide 2018 on leading lawyers, Margaret Arthur and I have been recognised by our peers as recommended lawyers in Wills, Estate litigation and disputes. Well done we two and thanks to all the others at our firm who make our recognition possible. Brian HerdRecognised as one of the leading experts in […]

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.

When retirement meets retirement

You baby boomers can be so lucky. Longevity means you can now be in retirement at the same time as your parents. You might have less experience in this phase of life but what the heck – isn’t it great to think that you and your parents can now share something in common in those […]

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.