Brian Herd is the Author of “Avoiding the Ageing Parent Trap” and an Elder law specialist partner with
So in the words of Brian Herd. “Do something” now. My advice is reading “Avoiding the
ageing parent trap”
If you want to connect with Brian Herd you can contact him through Linkedin at
LinkedIn: Brian Herd | LinkedIn
As well as being an author he is
a passionate lawyer, working at the coalface of elder law or law relating to older people
and their families, and the disputes and dysfunction brought on by ageing parents.
He is a partner in the law firm Hopgoodganim Lawyers. He writes and speaks regularly for
leading senior associations and media outlets on the law relating to the elderly .
For 3 years in a row, Brian has been one of Australia’s “Best Lawyers in Seniors and
Retirement law” (as voted by his peers) and recognised by Doyles Guide
His introduction into elder law really began over 20 years ago when he was called in to
mediate a dispute between an ageing mother, an aged care facility and 5 daughters. That
led into an introductio into the world of “bowel care” and from there his practice
morphed into becoming a ‘wayfinder” for families navigating the experience of ageing
from a legal perspective Since that early experience he has has been involved in
countless matters, some of which are very humourous. Something that you definitely
need when helping families navigate the process of ageing both from all perspectives.
Noel Whittaker helped me interview Brian a perfect co interviewer for a number of
reasons, his friendship with Brian, the fact that he wrote the forward to Brian’s book and
the because his financial expertise is a natural complement to Brian’s legal expertise in
Brian talks about
What is a “wayfinder”
Why he wrote “ Avoiding the Ageing Parent Trap”
Importance of legal advice for elder law issues.
When mediation can work and work well in family disputes
How documenting arrangements with family can assist in avoiding disputes later
What should be included in those agreements/ arrangements
The importance of a will, an enduring power of attorney and an advanced health
Some of the different accommodation options for ageing parents and their benefits
What a RAD is and why if you pay it, you have to be aware that the RAD can be
refunded on death but it doesn’t go to the payer, it goes to the deceased person’s
Compactos and how they are different or not so different from defactos
“Tiptoers” and “Love under the influence”
Granny flat arrangements, centrelink and tax implications
How writing a newsletter for clients and former clients have strengthened his
And of course the story of the “bowel care” book and “stool” charts as proof that an
ageing mother was not being starved.