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    • Medical Negligence
          • Medical Negligence

            We believe you deserve the best in medical care and we understand the trauma experienced when that care is less than adequate. That’s why we hold medical professionals accountable when medical care and treatment fall short of expected standards and result in adverse outcomes.

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    • Women’s Health
          • Women’s Health

            We know that there is disparity in women’s health care, treatment, and support. We are committed to improving the lives of women and strongly advocating for their wellbeing.  That is why we take a stand and hold medical professionals accountable when medical care falls short of expected standards by delivering the best outcome in medical negligence claims affecting women.

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    • Hospital Negligence
          • Hospital Negligence

            We understand you may feel let down because you have experienced inadequate or negligent care and treatment in a hospital or medical facility. Your wellbeing is most important to us and we are committed to supporting you with compassion and holding medical professionals accountable for breach of duty and negligent care.

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    • Clinical Support
          • Clinical Support

            Experiencing poor or adverse outcomes from allied health treatment can be distressing and life changing. We are here to support you through your claim and it is our aim to hold allied health professionals accountable for their breach of care by delivering the outcome you deserve to your negligence claims.

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            Hello, I’m Jade. I’m here to help you with a quick discovery call that will help us better understand your legal concerns. This way, I can connect you with the lawyer who is best suited to assist you with your situation.

            Your well-being is important to us, and we’re here to support you every step of the way.

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    • Personal Injury
          • Personal Injury

            If you have been injured because of someone else’s negligence, our specialist team of Personal Injury Lawyers is here to support you with compassion and understanding providing you with the right advice. Our team has substantial experience and expertise in these matters to deliver the outcomes you deserve from your claim.

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    • Motor Vehicle Accidents
          • Motor Vehicle Accidents

            We are here to support you and give you the clarity, guidance and the right legal advice if you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident. Our compassionate team of professionals in Personal Injury law have the technical expertise and a wealth of experience to win you the compensation you deserve.

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    • Public Place Liability
          • Public Liability

            Our specialist team in Personal Injury law is here to support you in accessing proper compensation if you have been injured because of someone else’s negligence. We have cutting edge expertise and experience in public liability claims to deliver the outcome you deserve.

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    • Abuse
          • Institutional Abuse

            We strongly believe that educational institutions must be held accountable when failing to protect children while in their care. If you have experienced institutional physical or sexual abuse, our specialist team in Personal Injury law is here to support you with compassion and offer our technical expertise and experience to deliver the best outcome in your case.

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    • Workers Compensation
          • Workers Compensation

            When you sustain an injury or illness because of work, you may be entitled to  compensation. Our specialist team in Personal Injury Law is here to support you with compassion and understanding with the right advice. We have substantial technical expertise to deliver the best possible outcome from your claim.

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            Your well-being is important to us, and we’re here to support you every step of the way.

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    • Wills & Estate Planning
          • Wills and Estates

            When we provide advice on estate planning, we believe  in giving advice on options to mitigate the risks of litigation by potentially unhappy family members and protecting your assets from claims. Our legal team is here to support you and address your concerns regarding your estate planning. We have immense experience in these matters, providing you with advice and representation for your unique situation and delivering the best outcomes for your case.

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    • Powers of Attorney
    • Contest A Will
          • Contest A Will

            We have immense experience and specialised knowledge in family provision and wills disputes Where you have not been properly and adequately provided for under a will or where you suspect that the person making the will may not have had capacity or exercised their own free will, you need a lawyer with extensive experience and expertise. Our team of Lawyers will  provide you with advice and representation for your unique situation and deliver the best outcomes for your case.

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    • Probate & Deceased Estates
    • Enduring Guardian
    • Family Provision
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          • Conrad Curry Can assist you with a variety of services

            Our solicitors are highly experienced in providing you with expert legal advice and will keep you informed every step of the way. It’s good to know that our firm is trusted and effective with a high success rate.

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    • Professional Negligence
          • Professional Negligence

            We rely on professionals in all aspects of our lives to provide us with proper advice on which to make decisions about our financial and legal affairs. When you are let down by poor advice the results can be devastating.  We are here to support you in your claim for compensation with clarity, guidance and the right advice to achieve the outcome you deserve.

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    • Malicious Prosecution
          • Malicious Prosecution

            We believe in standing up for those people who are falsely accused and prosecuted. Our experienced legal team is here to support you with compassion and provide you with clarity, guidance, and the right advice in your claim for compensation.

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    • What to Expect
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            We are your law firm for life. You can count on us for the best legal advice and compassionate support. We understand the challenges you are facing and we want you to know that you don’t have to navigate the often daunting process alone. We are here when you need us. Let us help you find your way forward with our empathetic and efficient approach. Contact us. You can call us on (02) 4050 0330 for a free initial no-obligation consultation or book an appointment online for an in-person consultation or an online video appointment.

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What is the difference between Enduring Guardianship and Power of Attorney?

What is the difference between Enduring Guardianship and Power of Attorney?

Any person may give the right to make decisions on their behalf to another or others through legal documents known as Powers of Attorney and Appointment of Enduring Guardian. Whilst the documents are generally used by people to confer those rights once they become incapable of managing their own affairs through mental or physical incapacity, the extent of the rights given and the timing of the implementation of the exercise of rights is many and varied.

Powers of Attorney 

The person making the appointment is called the Principal, and the person being given the power is called the Attorney.  

A Power of Attorney authorises the Attorney to make decisions pertaining to the legal and financial affairs of the Principal, including signing any document or entering into any transaction which the person could legally have entered into themselves.  In practical terms, examples of how the power can be used include managing the household utilities, accessing bank accounts to ensure bills are paid, manage investments, engaging trades to perform repairs or renovations to the home, communicating with government agencies such as Centrelink, and if necessary selling property in preparation for transition to aged care. 

There are essentially two types of Powers of Attorney, a General Power of Attorney and an Enduring Power of Attorney.

A General Power of Attorney will operate during the time that the Principal retains their capacity and may be as broad or limited as the donor decides and may operate generally or only for a specific time or extend to certain decisions only. It ceases to operate after a person loses mental capacity. 

An Enduring Power of Attorney is a document under which the Attorney’s powers will continue to operate after the Principal loses capacity. Quite often, a donor will restrict the operation of the Power of Attorney to circumstances where they have in fact lost capacity to manage their affairs through mental disability (and does not operate until such time), adding the protection that the incapacity must be certified by a duly qualified medical practitioner before the power is enlivened.

Usually, a close family member or friend will be appointed as the Attorney.  It is common for spouses to appoint each other in the first instance, and if the spouse is unable to perform the role, then an adult child is nominated as the substitute Attorney. 

Given the broad ranging powers which can be given, the Attorney has a very serious duty to act in the interests, and to the benefit of the Principal at all times when dealing with the Principal’s affairs. They are usually required to keep their own property interests and affairs separate. From those of the Principal.

Enduring Guardian 

An Appointment of Enduring Guardian is a document which appoints a person to make health and lifestyle decisions on behalf of a person if and when they cannot make those decisions for themselves. The powers of the Enduring Guardian will usually not come into effect until a medical practitioner certifies that the donor does not have the capacity to make decisions about their health and lifestyle decisions.  

Examples of the decisions which can be made by an appointed Enduring Guardian include deciding where the donor will live and what services they receive (such as care in the home), medical and dental treatment for the donor and consenting to medical treatments including end-of-life care.  Within your enduring guardian document, you can indicate your preference with regard to medical interventions which will not meaningfully prolong your life and make other conditions as to specific healthcare you wish to receive or not to receive. 

An Enduring Guardian cannot make financial and legal decisions.

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