Planning for the unexpected

A young woman and her mother

Planning for the inevitable can be a confronting and baffling area, and easy to put in the too hard basket for now. It’s something most of us don’t want to think about.

We don’t know when death comes knocking, but we can certainly put many things in place so you can have peace of mind. Planning ahead can also avoid potential conflict. 

This new, free, online series from OWN is presented by family lawyer Alice Mantel, elder law specialist and author of Every Woman’s Guide to Retirement, together with Amanda Armstrong, producer. They will take you systematically through what you need to organise, from writing a will, family conversations, and how to approach the dreaded task of decluttering, etc.

This practical and reassuring series will break down the steps and give you tips to approach planning for the unexpected in a positive and proactive way.

Upcoming Episodes

Ep 1: Preparing for the unexpected
Ep 2: All about Swedish death-cleaning – or decluttering for beginners
Ep 3: How is your financial literacy?
Ep 4: Suddenly single
Ep 5: Caring for your ageing parents
Ep 6: Finding your forever home (or downsizing made easy)

Episode ONE

Why Your Will Is An Emotional Document

In the first episode, Alice Mantel explains why your will is both a practical and emotional document, why you should think about your funeral now, and how to choose trusted people to be your executors, and take on the power of attorney for you. We’ll give you the steps and things to consider as you plan to provide peace of mind while you are in control.

Watch now, on YouTube:

Alice Mantel

Alice Mantel

Alice is a former lawyer and an experienced professional legal writer.

She has a deep interest and understanding of women’s issues and wrote Every Women’s Guide to Retirement as a comprehensive guide to managing post-retirement challenges.

Consequently, Alice has given many talks to community groups about retirement and elder law.

Alice Mantel

Amanda Armstrong

Amanda had a long career at the ABC as a radio producer and manager before deciding to resume tertiary studies in history.

She has a particular interest in oral history and works closely with the Older Women’s Network promoting the rights of older women.

She’s currently the Coordinator of OWN’s Theatre Group.

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