Here’s a sad story.

We learnt of a young chap last week who is on life support, but more than likely brain dead, so his step-father and partner were going to have to consult with the doctors about turning off the machine.

The Guardianship and Administration Act sets out the priority of person who need to be consulted for such decisions, which is helpful in this case.

The next saddest thing is that this chap does not have a will, so his partner will get the first $75,000 of his estate and half the balance.

His father, who abandoned him at the age of 1 or 2 and who he has not seen since, will get the net $6,000.00 and half the balance.

His half-brother will get the rest.

His step father, who he called Dad up until the accident, will get nothing.

If would like some advice on any of these issues and how to avoid them with Enduring Powers of Guardianship, Advance Health Directives and Wills, see Michael Paterson & Associates.

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