Elder law/ Guardianship and Administration / Tribunals and SAT2022-03-31T02:38:13+00:00

Elder Law – Guardianship and Administration – Tribunals and SAT

An overview of the situation:

We are often asked to advise clients in disputes over the management of their loved ones financial and health care decision-making. Where the client’s loved one lacks capacity it may be necessary for the client to make an application to the State administrative Tribunal (SAT) for an order appointing an administrator or guardian. On many occasions, the applications are supported or uncontested.

On the contrary, sometimes the applications are contested by rival family members seeking to be appointed as a joint administrator or guardian, to be independently appointed, to have either the Office of the Public Trustee or the Office of the Public Advocate appointed, or to outright reject that the proposed represented person has lost capacity. Sometimes, we are instructed by the person who is the subject of the proposed application. These applications are not necessarily linked to elderly people they equally occur in situations where the proposed represented person is suffering from a psychological or physiological disability. Our office is frequently instructed to give advice on reviewing/appealing decisions of the SAT or accelerating review dates for re-assessing the appropriateness of orders. We deal with all manner of disputes concerning the mismanagement of the represented person’s affairs by the appointed administrator or guardian, including contested matters concerning enduring power of attorney instruments. Infrequently, we are asked to commence proceedings in the Supreme Court of Western Australia for an attorney or an administrator to repay misappropriated funds to the estate of the represented person. If you have an elder law, SAT or administration matter, please do not hesitate in contacting our office for a free initial consultation.

Fixed & Deferred Fees

Most people can’t afford big legal bills. You shouldn’t be worried about money when a loved one dies. In most estates we manage, fees are taken entirely from the estate once the assets become available.

The other unique approach or firm takes towards billing is that it does not provide time charged services. We only provide fixed fee quotes which never change. This avoids cost blow outs and over servicing which regrettably does occur within the legal profession.

Instant Engagement

The purpose of the meeting is to assist families to navigate the minefield of bureaucracy. If nothing more, we hope to help families understand the processes of winding up an estate from start to finish so that they are at least off on the right track.

We can assist our clients to send identification, approve quotes and cost agreements all at the press of a button. Secondly, our firm has developed long standing relationships with other professionals including but not limited to accountants, realtors, valuers, auctioneers and conveyancers.

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