Buddha's words

Buddha's words
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

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Family Court and children matters

Dear friends

I have prepared a video discussing children issues and how they are dealt with in the family courts.

Do give us a call at 92212888 if you are experiencing children issues.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Advice on children matters in family law

Dear friends,

Family law issues regarding children are very emotional and complex.

Once you have a child with your partner, you are stuck together to make decisions which are in the best interest of the child.

However, emotions get in the way and some parents are not able to see what is in the best interest of the child.

Have a look at this video for advice on how the court deals with such issues.

CEO Sleepout 2018

Dear friends and clients,

Thanks for supporting me again this year for the 9th year running.

I am humbled by the support given by so many of my friends and clients.
Through all your generosity, WA’s 63 CEOs raised $514,478.
Australia wide, the 1438 CEOs raised $6,392,426.

I was ranked 4th in WA and No. 21 Australia wide in the funds collected.

The homelessness problem continues to inspire me to do as much as possible to help where I can.

Thank you for joining me in helping fight the problem.

The $32,745 I raised from your generosity helped provide:
a. 103 Individual support programs to assist individuals to avoid homelessness.
b. 272 emergency relief beds for persons who need short-term accommodation.
c. 1091 meals to persons in homeless shelters.

Thank you all of you from the bottom of the homeless lawyer’s heart.

The 4 Amigos who have done it for 9 years
Barry Felstead, Shane Ball, Bob Bollen and myself.

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.