Entries by Brian Herd

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.

Should you audition your adult children for their later life roles?

Is an errant adult child the product of nurture or nature? For many parents, it is probably a question too hard to answer, or too late to ask. Either way they can feel a subconscious sense of responsibility for the outcome even if it is the inexplicable consequence of a healthy upbringing or just 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.

My parents won’t make a Will – what to do?

We all, mostly, have an aversion to confronting our celestial transfer, also known as death. We live in hope it will never happen or, if it does, it will be a case of ‘she’ll be right mate’ or ‘don’t you worry about that’! For adult children confident and concerned enough to ensure their parents have, […]

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.

Are you sliding from compacto to defacto?

I have often written about being, and have many elderly clients who are, alone. They are not necessarily lonely but more, lonesome. They may have lost their spouse or partner through death or divorce. They may have intentionally misplaced them through what I call, disinterest. Alternatively, they may live in a parallel universe through 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 parent shut out

There is nothing like an ageing, frail and dependent parent to bring out repressed enmities and jealousies in adult children leading the ‘caring child’ to shut out the ‘concerned child’. Sometimes, the role of the caring child is a function of luck or logistics. They happen to live near mum or dad and are, consequently, […]

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.

So are you ready for your mum to become a bed blocker?

Many adult children will know the familiar refrain – ‘Mum’s in hospital, she can’t go home and they want her out’. Hospitals label them ‘bed blockers’ – usually older people lying in a hospital bed who no longer need to be there and would be better placed living somewhere in the community (but not back […]

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.