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My inspiration. We are what we think, All that we are arises from our thoughts, With our thoughts we make the world. Photo copyright Sean Duggan

Saturday, April 21, 2018

The 4th Annual An Yu and Tan and Tan Lawyers Family Cup

Dear readers

Yes, this is our 4th year of sponsoring the An Yu and Tan and Tan Lawyers Family Cup. It is to foster family bonding through badminton.

We just sponsored the Tan and Tan Lawyers 6th Golf Tournament last weekend. Now we are looking at the badminton tournament for parents and children in 2 weeks time. We have been busy but it is all worth it seeing the kids partnering their parents.

Register if you are interested.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Tan and Tan Lawyers sponsor the An Yu Team Badminton Tournament 2018

Dear friends

Tan and Tan Lawyers and An Yu Badminton Academy have decided to sponsor a new tournament. The other sponsors are Jooyyume Sports Training and Wang Zheng Badminton Academy. The event is a team tournament. The age groups are Under 15s, Open and Over 45s. Please come and take the challenge by forming a team to compete. See brochure.

Monday, January 8, 2018

What is elder abuse?

Dear readers,

I have to confess, I have been slack in my legal blog lately.

So, I thought I should make a change this new year.

The Tan and Tan Lawyers website is going through an update and should be up in 2 week's time.

The practice has been going well with the added bright look into the future with both my sons studying law.

Golf handicap wise, it continues to be a struggle as I try to get down to a handicap of 16 which I promised myself last year. I am still at a handicap of 20. So the new aim is to get to a handicap of 16 by the Chinese New year. Charles Pan, my golf coach has been pushing me hard.

Lately, I have been getting a few cases on elder abuse.

What is elder abuse?  It's where the children of parents are unwilling to await their inheritance. They instead try to abuse their parents in different ways to try and get their parent's moneys.

Recent reports indicate that up to one in five older Western Australians are suffering from elder abuse.

It is so  bad that a recent National Elder Abuse Annual Report was done. It found that 32.2% of perpetrators are the older person's son and  30.7% are the person's daughter.

Experts believe that that is only the tip of an iceberg with many cases going unreported.

So what kind of abuse are our poor seniors suffering from:

(a) abuse of enduring power of attorney given to relatives.
(b) emotional abuse by preventing parents from having contact with other children.
(c ) slapping or even burning parents.
(d)  over medicating or under medicating. Why? 
With a hope that the parent's life will be shortened so that the children get their hands on their inheritance faster.

The list goes on and it saddens me when I have to face these cases in my practice. However, I feel  strongly about issues of parental abuse more than anything else in my practise of law. 

Being a traditional Asian brought up to respect and honour my parents, such cases touches a raw nerve in my body.

Elder abuse could happen by placing your father in an all English speaking nursing home instead of one where the staff speaks the language that your father only understands and there are residents of the same cultural background.

I am in the midst of a case where an enduring power of attorney was given to a son. The son is now trying to sell the family home and stopping the father from seeing the other children.

Hence, it is important that you see a lawyer to discuss your rights especially in whether an enduring power of attorney or guardianship should be given to any child.

If you believe any seniors is being abused, you should report the matter to www.advocare.org.au

For parents. they should think hard about whom they are giving their enduring power of attorneys or enduring power of guardianships to. Seek legal advice to protect yourself.

Good night.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Tan and Tan Lawyers sponsor the 2017 An-Yu Badminton Academy Junior Tournament

Dear readers

It is on again and this time at Armadale. Tan and Tan Lawyers are proud to sponsor this annual junior badminton event.

Come and see the top WA juniors in Perth compete in this annual event.

Monday, June 26, 2017

The 2017 Sleepout as a homeless lawyer

My traditional lambshanks and glass of wine before braving the wind as a homeless lawyer.
The 4 amigos for 8 years, Barry, Shane, Bob and myself.

Dear friends

I survived the 2017 CEO Sleepout.

In fact having done this for 8 years, I actually know all the spaces that can be used by a homeless person if they were sleeping at the WACA.

This year, I had Pierre Yang, Sean Shwe and Steve Farano for company.  I showed them around the places available at the WACA. The spaces ranged from 3, 4 or 5-stars homeless spaces. All of them opted for the 4- stars location which had a view of the WACA at night.  

I believe that is what a homeless person would do. Find the most comfortable space available to spend the night.

Australia wide, we raised $5.18M and in WA we raised $579K.

This year I have again been so blessed with the support from my friends and clients.

I raised $36,525 beating all records from my previous 7 sleepouts.

I was ranked no. 2 in WA and no. 13 Australia wide.

I could not have done that without the support of all of you.

Some even donated more than once this year including Denning from James Chong Lawyers, Carol and Gerhard from Coffee Club and Duncan Hackman.

I received a few more large anonymous donations in the sums of $975.00, $750 and $500.

Thank you whoever you are.

There was a large donation which I managed to trace to my golfing friend Susan Zhang.

Many have supported me every year since the first time I took part and I am honoured and humbled. Thanks.

Hopefully, I can count on all of you again next year.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The 2017 CEO Sleepout raising funds for the homeless

Dear friends and readers,

In 2 more nights I will be sleeping as a homeless lawyer for the 8th year in a row to raise funds for the homeless in the 2017 CEO Sleepout.

It is supposed to be a rainy night. I have tried my best to fund raise despite the difficult economic climate.

I have raised $28,500 so far and there is 2 more days to fund raise before the event.

I managed to raise $33,000 last year. Am I able to beat that this year?

The homeless problem continues. I made the acquaintence of a couple of homeless persons who have made Terrace Rd and Langly Park their preferred place of homeless residence. They have chosen well as it has river views.

The Aus Chinese Times did a report of the Terrace Rd homeless. If you read Mandarin it is at

I am ranked no. 2 in WA behind Barry Felstead of Crown Casino who has raised over $100,000.

In Australia, I am now in the top 10 competing against CEOs from many major companies.

However, it is not about the ranking. Any amount raised helps Vinnies to help the homeless.

Please donate if you wish to help the homeless by going to:


I will be doing livefeed on Facebooks to keep every one updated on 22 June.


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Results of the 5th Tan and Tan Lawyers Golf Tournament

There was concern a few days before the tournament as the weather forecast was for a thunderstorm. Luckily the weather held and the players had a great hot Autumn day of golf.
The Gosnells Golf Club was challenging. There were 41 players pitting their skills for the trophies.
The following winners were announced:
Nearest the pin Hole 14: Thomas Kim
Nearest the pin Hole 9: Martin Wong
Ladies longest drive: Sophie Chen
Mens longest drive: Martin Feng
Ladies winner: Susan Zhang with 91/64
Runner up: Sophie Chen with 105/67
Mens winners:
1st Tony Huang with 92/67
2nd Matt Posa with 80/68
3rd Darren Chen with 92/68.
Looks like they are due for a handicap cut.
Congrats to all of the winners.
There were also lots of lucky draw prizes for the dinner guests. I am sure all the players enjoyed the day and the dinner. The next tournament is in May at Araluen. See you all there.