Sister Act

My father is finally taking an interest in putting together a will… about time, if you ask me. I get that it’s probably a confronting exercise, but honestly, the guy’s not far off 90. If he’s not ready to come to grips with mortality now, then when? Not only that, but I’m getting a distinct whiff of the family starting to sniff around at his various real estate assets.

I’ve always thought that dad puts too much stock in the character of my sisters. I’ve been trying to convince him for a while now that, if he doesn’t draft a will, his de facto life partner may end up without her piece of the pie. He and Ethel have been together for a good couple of decades now, but Rhonda and Janet have always been suspicious of her. 

Basically, I’m concerned that the absence of a will could cause my snarky sisters to team up in ensuring that Ethel doesn’t get a stake in any of the assets. I firmly believe that she is entitled to a significant share – after all, no one else has put up with cohabiting with my father for as long as she has.

Who would you recommend for legal advice on drafting a will, Melbourne? If dad doesn’t get some soon, it could be too late. It’s not just the properties that are at stake – his personal effects and family heirlooms are all likely to scooped up, being worth a small fortune in themselves.

Then there’s the question of decision making in the event that dad’s health finally gives out – I’m talking medical power of attorney. Melbourne might be a four hour flight from where Rhonda and Janet live, but I’m sure they won’t hesitate to make the effort to come down if it means an opportunity to intervene.That’s despite the fact that they’ve spent barely any time with the guy over the course of their adult lives.  

Anyway, I’m glad dad’s finally starting to come around – if not for his sake, then at least for saving Ethel from the behaviour I expect of my sisters.