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Want to be a digital avatar after death?

Want to be a digital avatar after death?[Grief tech is here!]Opinion piece written by Jacqui Thomas, Director and LawyerGrief Tech is on the rise – does this mean the end of traditional mourning?There are a bunch of start ups out of California [eg. Here After, Seance AI, Storyfile, Replika] offering…

What happens without an Enduring Power of Attorney?

What happens without an Enduring Power of Attorney?You lost the ability to make decisions for yourself. You don’t have an Enduring Power of Attorney.What happens now?"It depends"It’s the typical lawyer answer, right? “It depends”.Well, it does depend on the circumstances at the time. Like what decisions need to be made and in…

What happens if I die without a Will?

What happens if I die without a Will?Losing someone you love is tough, and dealing with the legal stuff afterward can be confusing. If someone passes away without a Will, it can create additional challenges for their family.When someone dies without a Will, it's called "intestacy." This means that the…

Capturing Lasting Memories: The Role of Funeral Photography

Capturing Lasting MemoriesThe Role of Funeral Photography In a world where memories and emotions are eternally intertwined, capturing the essence of a farewell through photography can be a powerful tool for both healing and remembrance. Funerals and celebration of life services, while poignant and essential, often pass in a blur of…

Empowering Children: Exploring Death, Loss, and Emotions Together

Empowering ChildrenExploring Death, Loss, and Emotions Together Our house is filled with books. We shuffle them aside to sit on the couch, trip over book towers in bedrooms, and we love the library bus that visits our suburb each week. The benefits of reading to children are numerous; from language…

Could you benefit from a death doula?

Could you benefit from a death doula? Have you heard of a death doula? What about an end of life doula or death walker? These terms describe a person that supports families and individuals in grief, bereavement, and death literacy. While birth doulas are fairly common in today's society, end of…

Securing Your Legacy: Harnessing the Power of a Testamentary Discretionary Trust for Intergenerational Wealth Transfer

Securing Your LegacyHarnessing the Power of a Testamentary Discretionary Trust for Intergenerational Wealth TransferAs you reach the later stages of life and see grown-up children building their own lives, it's common to reflect on the legacy you will leave behind for our loved ones.  A testamentary discretionary trust ("TDT") is a powerful…

Safeguarding Your Future: The Crucial Role of an Enduring Power of Attorney in Later Life

Safeguarding Your Future: The Crucial Role of an Enduring Power of Attorney in Later LifeAs we journey through life, certain milestones demand attention and prompt us to consider future plans. One such milestone occurs as children grow up and our focus shifts towards securing our own well-being and financial stability. It's…

The Power of a Letter of Wishes: Enhancing Your Estate Plan as a Parent

The Power of a Letter of WishesYour life is so much more than just a bit of paperwork.Your thoughts, feelings, stories, and guidance deserve to be recorded for your kids and the people looking after them.All these important bits that make you *you* don't go in your Will [that's a…

Why Appointing a Testamentary Guardian is Crucial to Safeguarding Your Child

Appoint a Testamentary Guardian to Protect Your Child's FutureWho do you trust to parent your kids? It's a BIG ask.A testamentary guardian steps in to care for + made decisions for your kids if you die. Nominating a testamentary guardian in your Will is a big step to protect your…
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