Entries by Brian Herd

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.

Are You – Living Apart Together (LAT)? or Living Together Apart (LTA)?

Oh the webs we weave in our later lives. The LAT’s It seems there is an increasing array of older adults who live alone and don’t intend, or want, to move in with another person, let alone marry them. In response to the scourge of loneliness, however, they often look for, or chance upon, if […]

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.

A day to remind

Commemorative days of the year tend to be special events – a rejoicing, a remembrance or a reminder. Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – a day to remind us that: • It’s happening; • It’s getting worse; • It’s repugnant; and • The law needs to change to capture the conduct and catch […]

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 rise of tiny living

As much as you and I try to resist it, our worlds will often inevitably get smaller as we age. Often this is evinced in the downsizing of our living arrangements. This is usually in response to our reducing desire or ability to support ourselves in the traditional family castle, the loss of our partner […]

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.

Investing in Yourself?

I will be speaking on the subject of “Later Life Events” and their impact on you at the Australian Investors Association’s National Conference from 29 July to 1 August 2018 on the Gold Coast. For more details about the conference, click on this link: 2018_AIA Conference Brochure. 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.

I care – therefore I am entitled aren’t I?

What is the price for martyrdom in a family? This is becoming an increasingly common question being asked by the ‘martyr’ children in families. As aged care becomes more expensive, families are internalising the caring arrangements for their ageing parents and keeping it ‘in house’ as opposed to ‘out house’. Caring for parents is becoming […]

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 abuse – bad behaviour or criminal conduct?

I will be presenting with other speakers at a forum on this important subject at the Queensland Law Society on 9 May 2018 between 12.30 to 2pm. Anyone interested is able to attend. For details for registration click here. Brian HerdRecognised as one of the leading experts in Australia on elder law, aged care, retirement, […]

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.