October 4, 2016

Downsize Your Home NOT Your Pension

It’s all a bit hush-hush but there are big changes to the way the age pension will be calculated from 1 January next year.  The changes apply to the asset test and are expected to affect around 350,000 Australian pensioners. How does the asset test work now? Currently, a person […]
September 7, 2016

Taking the Stress Out of Aged Care Transitions

In a recent survey of Australians sourcing an aged care place for a loved one, over half found the experience “very or extremely stressful”.   With 34% of people transitioning into aged care directly from hospital and 55% reporting that their aged care decision included selling the family home it’s no […]
August 2, 2016

John Wesley Gardens Now Re-Launched!

Congratulations to the Welsey Mission Queensland on the re-launch of the John Wesley Gardens Aged Care Community! Located in Geebung in Brisbane’s north, the John Wesley Gardens has been serving the local community for more than 50 years. The Aged Care Community has just undergone an exciting re-development, to a […]
May 16, 2016

Is Silliness Restricted to the Young?

By Brian Herd, Partner at CRH Law, our Lead Legal Professionals at Heather Hill Pathways. With age comes wisdom – right? Or, to put it more eloquently, your propensity for silliness is inversely proportional to your age – right? Hmmm…… So none of us, at a mature stage in life, would […]
March 15, 2016

Do you live in a retirement village unit? Did you know that…

By Brian Herd, Partner at CRH Law, our Lead Legal Professionals at Heather Hill Pathways. In the ongoing litany of legal myths initially revealed in our last Alert concerning the effect of separation on your Will, here’s a sequel – another expose on a little sleeping myth, ripe for busting. It […]
February 1, 2016

My husband has gone into Aged Care! Should I change my Will and Enduring Power of Attorney?

By Brian Herd, Partner at CRH Law, our Lead Legal Professionals at Heather Hill Pathways.Later life can involve a lot of ‘events management’.  One such creeping event, potentially and unfortunately, is that you may no longer be able to look after your increasingly frail spouse.  Both for his care and your […]
December 7, 2015

Changes to Aged Care Means Test for Resident’s Rental Income

By Brian Herd, Partner at CRH Law, our Lead Legal Professionals at Heather Hill Pathways. Rental income from an aged care resident’s former home is currently not taken into account in means testing used to determine the resident’s income tested fee.  The exemption applies if the resident pays at least part […]
October 12, 2015

Things you cannot avoid in retirement

By Brian Herd, Partner at CRH Law, our Lead Legal Professionals at Heather Hill Pathways. When confronted by the thought of potentially significant life events, most Australians err on the side of caution, i.e., doing nothing. We are great avoiders, dissuaded from action by the effort and price of doing something.  […]
April 10, 2015

Professor Dale Bagshaw Elder Mediation Training

By Tom Stodulka, Lead Mediation Professional, Heather Hill Pathways. I recently attended the 3 day ‘Professor Dale Bagshaw Elder Mediation’ training course at the University of South Australia between 27-29 March 2015.  The course included presenters from most Australian jurisdictions and a wide variety of fields including academics, lawyers, practitioners […]