Estate Planning during COVID-19

During these uncertain times, we can assist you with estate planning techniques by taking control of your affairs and assets by preparing or updating your estate planning documents. 


Why do you need an Enduring Power Of Attorney, Advance Health Directive and a Will?Free Will Review


In your lifetime, it is essential to put in place documents such as an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPOA) to appoint someone to make day to day decisions on your behalf should you become unable to do so. 

You should also consider making an Advance Health Directive specifying your future medical care, such as whether you would like to receive life-sustaining treatment in different circumstances.

You should also ensure that you have a valid and up-to-date Will in place. Your Will should state who you wish to act as your Executor and how your assets are going to be distributed.  


How can Cornerstone Law Offices help you in getting your Enduring Power Of Attorney, Advance Health Directive and a Will during COVID-19?

During the current COVID-19 pandemic, we can arrange appointments by telephone, video chat or face to face appointments. Where clients are unable to attend at our office, we can also arrange a home visit where required.  


For many clients, it is convenient to have an initial appointment by phone or video chat. Once prepared, we will email your draft Will for you to review and any amendments requested will be done. We can book in an appointment to sign your estate planning documents at our office, or we can post or email the final documents to you to arrange for them to be formally signed. If you wish to attend at our office, we have made adjustments to our office to cater for practising social distancing measures.


What if you are in a restricted visitation area (Aged care facility)? 


We will also work with you to assist if there are visiting restrictions currently in place, for example, at aged care facilities. There are some further options such as video link via Zoom or Teams for witnessing which may be used during the COVID-19 pandemic if general witnessing requirements are not in place. 

In a situation where the formal witnessing requirements are not met, we will provide a checklist for signing procedure and advise you regarding supporting evidence to be obtained.


If you have any queries regarding updating estate planning documents for yourself or a loved one, please do not hesitate in contacting our office on 07 3806 4354 to discuss the options available during this time.

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