Lawyers (like other professionals) are traditionally seen as delivering a service to meet a need for a reasonable price and then saying goodbye to the client – the one off transaction. But, should we be doing more, especially for our older clients? In recent times particularly, we’ve had occasions to be concerned about the welfare […]
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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.
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Just imagine you were asked the question in one of those much maligned ‘focus groups’ – what are the keywords that describe your life after completing your primary career? What words would you use? Notice the question does not refer to ‘retirement’ but rather the concept of the end of your primary career in order […]
Both Margaret Arthur and I will be presenting a series of 5 Webinars for the Television Education Network on the latest bubbling issues in Elder Law. Click here to find out more. Brian HerdRecognised as one of the leading experts in Australia on elder law, aged care, retirement, estate planning and disability and a regular […]
Brian Herd delights us with another sung Christmas greeting from CRH Law. Watch the video here.
As an age agnostic, I intend to focus on my wants, rather than my needs, in later life. I want to dispel or, at least, disappoint the traditional expectations of me. To all my expanding coterie of circling caring professionals pouring over my body, I want to be a future fighter, a gravity defier and […]
Many parents care for their disabled children all their lives, even until the parent’s death. Death is a form of separation of a parent from their disabled child. Happily, some parents prudently plan for it in their Enduring Powers of Attorney and their Wills with such things as Special Disability Trusts which are designed to […]
This might sound familiar to some of you –”Your mum’s had a fall, she’s in hospital and she can’t go home” We suspect those words are often said each day by hospital staff to family members. The family then moves into crisis management mode. There is a sudden realisation that decisions, and urgent ones at […]
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 […]
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 – […]
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 […]