Last Thursday, Geoff Armstrong and Charlene Rayner of our Wills & Estates team, volunteered their time at The Salvation Army’s Future Planning Seminar at the Pine River Corps in Lawnton. The focus of the seminar was on providing practical advice regarding retirement, estate planning and other end-of-life matters.
Geoff and Charlene’s presentation spoke about the importance of having a Will and their nature as well as the complexities involved. They were accompanied by other organisations also invited to speak, including White Lady Funerals, organ donation network, DonateLife QLD, and the Salvos’ Aged Care and Will & Bequests services.
There was a healthy attendance by the Pine Rivers community who actively participated in the seminar testing our team’s knowledge of estate law. Geoff and Charlene answered various questions ranging from how to add a gift to an existing will to whether people should have superannuation clauses in their Wills.
Despite the proximity of their profession to the funeral and end-of-life industry, Geoff and Charlene said they were fascinated by how much they learned from the other participants’ presentations. Of significance was White Lady Funerals’ discussion on pre-paid funerals and how the White Ladies assist families after the death of a loved one. Charlene also found DonateLife’s presentation on the challenges involved in successful organ donation highly engaging.
The morning ended with a shared lunch for all speakers and guests and a chance to mingle and ask any further questions.
Overall, the day was highly educational and rewarding. We’d like to thank Saman Mall from The Salvation Army for organising the seminar. We look forward to working with the Salvo’s again soon.
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