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to SA with the provision of much
needed assistance to both low
income and socially disadvantaged
Goodwill provides low cost, quality
clothing and homewares which helps
to alleviate the financial pressure
suffered by many families and
individuals in our community.
Goodwill stores play a vital role in
raising funds for UnitingCare Wesley
Adelaide. Funds are raised from
the sale of clothing and goods sold
through the stores. These funds
help support the many services that
UnitingCare Wesley Adelaide provide
to those most in need in our local
Goodwill stores are an integral part
of the community. There are many
volunteers who work in our stores
and, for some, the store is their
social and community hub. Goodwill
collect donated clothes, books
and home wares from the local
Currently Goodwill is struggling to
meet the demand for clothing, home
wares and books. Donations are very
low and they are urgently seeking
your donations of good quality,
clean, wearable clothing and shoes,
books and homewares.
If you think you can help, please
donate at any one of their 11
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Be prepared for the inevitable
By Ralph Bönig, President,
Law Society of South Australia
It is often said that the only certainty
in life is death. However, what
is uncertain is when death or a
debilitating illness will occur. It is
therefore important to be prepared.
As people age, they often start to
think about how their passing will
affect their loved ones.
Taking the time to make their wishes
clear while they are of sound mind,
will undoubtedly help to prevent any
disputes that may arise following
The starting point is to ensure that
you have a Will.
The obvious matters that are dealt
with in a Will are what property and
assets you own and how you would
like to distribute them. However,
there are other issues to consider.
Recently, I was approached by a
grandmother who was now looking
after her grandson following the
death of her daughter. Unfortunately,
her daughter had suffered from a
debilitating illness that ultimately
ended her life. She left no Will. The
grandmother is willing to raise her
grandson, however another family
member has also expressed an
interest in this.
It is possible in a Will to give
guidance as to the future
guardianship of any children that
you do have. You cannot “bequeath”
a child but you can state your
intention. This can be extremely
important to avoid any family
disputes that have only the potential
to tear a family apart.
Grandparents should ensure their
adult children have indicated their
wishes for the guardianship of their
children, in the event that they
should die unexpectedly.
However, death does not always
come quickly and there are a
series of other documents that are
important to consider.
These include an Enduring Power
of Attorney that allows you to
appoint someone you trust to make
decisions for you about your money,
your property or associated legal
There is also a Medical Power of
Attorney that appoints an agent to
make decisions for you about your
medical treatment, and it may also
record your wishes about the giving
or withholding of treatment.
Finally, there is an Enduring Power
of Guardianship that allows you to
appoint someone to make decisions
about your money, where you live
and general care issues.
All of these documents, including
your Will, can only be prepared
whilst you are capable of
understanding the nature and
consequences of the directions
that you are giving. It is for this
reason that you should contemplate
now, while you are fit and well, the
preparation of one or all of these
There is sometimes a reluctance
to have these documents prepared
because of the cost.
However, the cost of a dispute where
there is no Will or you are not able
to make decisions yourself will far
outweigh the cost of the preparation
of these documents.
If you do have any or all of these
documents it is also important that
you advise someone where they are
At the very least, the executors of
your Will should be notified and
advised where it is kept.
Finally, it is important to regularly
review these documents.
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