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The most important book about the most important document you will ever sign

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Understanding Wills and Estate Planning: The most important book about the most important document you will ever sign Described as ‘the most comprehensive, yet easily understood guide to estate planning’, Slater and Gordon Wills Expert Rod Cunich has today launched his new book that aims to break down the complex barriers of estate planning for the everyday person.

Understanding Wills and Estate Planning is the essential guide for people looking to ensure their exact wishes are carried out, no matter what the circumstance.
Mr Cunich said everyone needs a will, that’s why he wrote his book so it could be understand by anyone.

“Estate planning isn’t all about death. It includes things like guardianship or power of attorney, which most people don’t even think about,” Mr Cunich said.

“These involve appointing someone to make medical, financial or legal decisions on your behalf, in the event that you can’t, either because of failing mental capacity, or maybe you’re injured and unconscious after an accident.

“Good intentions aside, there is no guarantee that your unwritten wishes will be carried out. Either make the decision yourself or it’s out of your hands and will be decided by the courts.”

Mr Cunich’s book also explores the highly complex area of estate planning for families with disabled children.

“Parents of children with a disability find it hard to plan for their child’s long term future and often worry about who’ll care for their child when they can’t,” Mr Cunich said.
“These families rank amongst those most in need of certainty and clarity around their family’s future, but have to live with a future clouded by insecurity.

“Slater and Gordon has proudly collaborated with disability service providers and investment planners to develop an Australian-first service to give these families hope and security.
“The service has four key steps, which address: the child’s lifetime needs; the parents’ lifetime needs; development of a financial and succession plan; complemented by ongoing reviews.

Mother Anna Booth said the service and Rod’s book have both lifted an enormous weight off her shoulders.

“My daughter has an intellectual disability so her future depends upon me having an estate plan that is tailored to her needs,” Ms Booth said.

“This book makes sense of the complex interaction between wills and trusts, which has been a great help for me.”


What the experts are saying about Understanding Wills and Estate Planning by Rod Cunich

David Robinson – Senior Counsel, St James Hall
“I read Mr Cunich’s book with great interest owing to my current situations connected, as it is, to the so called ‘inheritance impatience’ syndrome. The author sets out to, and admirably succeeds in, drawing attention to the wide variety of the considerations which face all of us. It gives the reader, with some added humour, an insight into the problems of planning for both he the remaining life and then inevitable death and the practical ways forward.”

Ray Miles – Founder and Chairman, Fortnum Financial Group Limited
“This book is the most comprehensive yet easily understand book I ever read on estate planning. This is a must read for everyone because it takes you through all the important aspects of estate planning in such simple language and good illustrative stories. This is an area of great importance to everyone. Unfortunately it is not well understood. This book should solve that.”

Sue Field – Adjunct Fellow in Elder Law, School of Law, Western Sydney University
“What better praise for a lawyer, having given a talk in the community, to overhear “you’d never think they were a lawyer they made it so easy to understand” and that praise is just as applicable to this lawyer who wrote this book.”

Ian Hyman – Board Member, Inala Disability Services and father of a child with a disability
“This book provides the most logical step by step process for considering post-death options for families that have complex needs to safeguard through the estate planning process. Rod is a recognised thought leader in complex estate planning and this publication combines a lifetime of experience with simple steps to ensure that all of the issues in this critical area are managed in a way that is consistent with the individual’s wishes.”

Robert Coulter – Head of Corporate Development, ipac securities limited
“You should be congratulated on writing something so very interesting and incredibly easy to read and understand.”

Jane Campbell – Financial Adviser and Lawyer, Aeran, Sydney
“I can highly recommend this book. It’s accessible, easy and enjoyable to read. It will be great for financial planning clients who want to understand why estate planning is so important.”