Have you been meaning to get your affairs in order, but can never find the time?
NSW Trustee and Guardian will hold a Plan Ahead day in Cessnock on Thursday, Feburary 1.
A Plan Ahead day enables people to make or update their will or power of attorney documents with expert help from NSW Trustee and Guardian.
“We really have seen many different situations and people in a range of family circumstances, so we are well experienced to help and offer advice on estate planning,” Brett Bennie from NSW Trustee and Guardian’s Sydney branch said.
“NSW Trustee and Guardian can be appointed as the executor of your will and as your attorney, under a power of attorney.
“By appointing NSW Trustee and Guardian as your independent executor and attorney you can be assured someone independent and impartial is acting on your behalf and it is an easy way of reducing the burden on family members.
“Without a will, items of monetary and sentimental value may not be distributed as you may have wanted. It is also important your will is kept up-to-date as your life circumstances change, for example, when you get married, purchase a business or property, get divorced, or have children.
“A power of attorney should also come hand-in-hand with a will, as it allows you to appoint an attorney to manage financial and legal affairs such as paying bills and signing documents if you are unable to manage these affairs yourself or lose the mental capacity to make decisions for yourself in the future.”
Mr Bennie advised that planning ahead is not just for older people.
“Every adult 18 years of age and over needs to set time aside to get these documents in place because no one really knows what is around the corner,” he said.
“The good thing is, once you have planned ahead, you can get on with enjoying life, knowing that your assets and finances will be protected in the future.”
Bookings are essential and fees apply. For more information or to make a booking, call 1300 723 124 or visit tag.nsw.gov.au/planahead.