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Intestacy: The Hidden Risks and Costs of Dying Without a Valid Will

Intestacy The Hidden Risks and Costs of Dying Without a Valid Will

 Perhaps you intend to create a Will but just haven’t gotten around to it, or maybe the size of your estate is such that you don’t think you need one. “Dying intestate” is the legal term for dying without a Will or leaving a Will that does not adequately deal with all of your property.

Intestacy is all but a guarantee that your loved ones will suffer a needlessly complex and expensive legal process after your death. Your best protection is to make your wishes known by consulting with a specialist Adelaide Wills lawyer at Genders & Partners.

Family Disputes and Costly Legal Battles

A Will dictates how your assets are distributed and names executors to lawfully carry out your wishes. Without a Will in place, you have no say in who inherits what. There are intestacy laws in every state and territory of Australia that determine the distribution of assets among your nearest blood relatives, but your loved ones may dispute the process and cause drawn-out legal battles, the costs of which are deducted from the estate. These state laws vary from time to time and from place to place, so the precise formula which decides who will inherit your assets depends on when and where you die.

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Behind the scenes of a car accident compensation claim in Adelaide

Behind the scenes of a  car accident compensation claim in Adelaide

If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, here is a brief explanation of some of the organisations and legal terms you are likely to encounter when making a compensation claim in Adelaide.

The word “damages” is what lawyers say when they mean compensation.  It generally takes the form of money paid to an injured person by or on behalf of the person who caused the injury.

The injured person is called the “plaintiff” or “claimant”.

The person who caused the accident is called the “defendant”.

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Treatment Expenses In Car Accident Compensation Claims In Adelaide

Many types of treatment expenses can be claimed, including:

  • Treatment expenses in car accident compensation claims in Adelaide

    Ambulance

  • Hospital
  • General Medical (such as General Practitioner)
  • Specialist Medical (such as Spinal, Orthopaedic, Neurosurgeon, Pain Management, Psychiatrist, Rehabilitation, Occupational etc)
  • Pharmaceutical (prescribed and over-the-counter medication)
  • Physiotherapy
  • Nursing
  • Attendant carers
  • Chiropractic
  • Devices, equipment, aids & supplies (crutches, walkers, wheelchairs, patient-lifters, TENS units etc)
  • Psychologist
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Acupuncture & acupressure

You do not need to seek permission from Allianz to have any specific type of treatment – this is a decision for you after discussion with your treating doctors.  However, if you wish Allianz to fund any treatment on an ongoing basis (ie before settling your car accident compensation claim), then you will need a prior referral from a treating doctor AND prior funding approval from Allianz.

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How to Choose a Compensation Lawyer

How to Choose a Compensation Lawyer

If you are thinking about claiming compensation for a personal injury, here are some things you should think about.

A personal injury claim can be stressful, lengthy and uncertain. Choosing the right lawyer to work with you will have a big impact on the outcome of your case.

How do you know which lawyer to choose? To help you decide, here are some questions you should be asking:

Which law firm should I deal with?

  • Like other businesses, law firms can come and go.  So you want one that has a proven track-record, and has been around long enough to earn a good reputation.
  • When dealing with a large law firm, some people can feel like a small cog in a large machine.  Different departments, changing staff and bureaucracy can seem impersonal.
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