Legal cartoons and humorous comment (c) Paul Brennan. All rights reserved.

I decided on 101 reasons as I didn’t want to depress the entire legal profession by having 1,001.
Paul Brennan, Lawyer, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

Sunday, August 3, 2014

The Art of War and advising clients

Dear John

With the internet, the first interview with a client can be like a tutorial on the subject of their legal issue. I find it very enlightening, but wish to return to the days when I gave insightful comments rather than just listening attentively and looking it up later.

M.

Dear M

I have known clients to painstakingly research the law on the internet only to find it had changed by the time that they got to my office. After spending hours trawling the internet, I believe clients have a better understanding of what we have had to put up with. They are relieved when I refuse to trot out the usual legal claptrap and instead focus on their issue.

I seldom use law at all, and rely on the Art of War by Sun Tzu, which is a manual on warfare written 2,500 years ago. It is a sort of Quentin Tarantino version of Don't Sweat the Small Stuff.


The Art of War is extremely effective in planning strategies but combine its authority with the benefit of hindsight and you will once again find yourself offering sage, insightful comments to appreciative clients.

What clients do not want to hear that their previous lawyer had disastrously and expensively laid a prolonged siege rather than rushing forward to secure a quick victory, or had rushed forward rather than adopting safer ground until the time was right?

I first started to use the Art of War to convince trainee lawyers that everything was their fault as any discussion with them involving law always left me feeling that I was to blame.

Once you are known as an Art of War Practitioner other lawyers may no longer feel smug at your inaction as appearing to do nothing is the ultimate deception. You will feel a general euphoria that however bad things may appear a brilliant unfathomable plan is at work and will come to you eventually.

At thirteen chapters, the Art of War is a far easier read than the entire common law, and you will be pleased to know that there was no Latin in Ancient China.


J.F.

Extract from - I'll have the law on you -selected letters of John Fytit to be published later this year. 

(c) Paul Brennan 2014. All rights reserved. 

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Book Review by the Journal of the Law Society of Scotland

When asked, “Why 101 reasons”, Paul Brennan, who is a practising lawyer, explained: “I didn’t want to depress the entire legal profession by having 1,001.”
Having started life as a blog, this book combines cartoons, satire and anecdotes about our profession. Some of them may even be true. Almost without exception they contain something to make the more self-aware pause and reflect on how we have gone about our business.
Let’s start with the introductory page. Lawyers, we are told, are thought to be arrogant, pompous, aggressive, tactless, confrontational, pedantic, expensive, unscrupulous, ruthless, negative, devious and slow. It is suggested that one of the main causes of stress in the profession is the difficulty many of us have in living up to these expectations at all times. One lawyer, who declined to be interviewed, confessed that on occasion he spoke to his staff in a normal manner: one client, who did not wish to be named, said that he found his lawyer “quite nice.” O tempora, o mores. Rumour has it that some have turned to training organisations which deal with medical receptionists because of their ability to generate aggression and ill will among patients with such minimal interaction.
Nonsense aside, this book will make you laugh out loud. Buy it for your waiting room; buy it for your lawyer friends, or just buy it for yourself. A treat.
David J Dickson
Books Review Editor

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An Inspiring story for Prosecutors

Dear John

With crime rates falling, we Prosecutors have had to turn to our back catalogue of offences by ageing celebrities but with memories lapsing and witnesses dying the evidence in such cases can be questionable.

Should we just wait and hope that crime picks up, or should we press on and take what we can get?

P.

Dear P.

There is no patron saint of hopeless cases, but there are many examples of Prosecutors pulling some very unlikely convictions out of the hat.

For instance, during the Napoleonic wars a ship’s pet monkey was shipwrecked on a beach in the North of England. The locals captured the monkey mistakenly believing it to be a French spy as it was dressed in military uniform.

The monkey was interrogated, tried, found guilty and hung. 

In that case, the burden would have been on the Prosecutor to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the monkey had an intention to spy-no easy task.

Let us not forget the defence lawyer’s task of taking clear instructions long before the advent of dedicated Animal Rights Lawyers.

All this, on a windy beach, with the constant chatter of the defendant in the background.

It is work like this which is an inspiration to Prosecutors everywhere.










Ed  note: Years ago, I was asked to represent a defendant before a Magistrates Court. I calculated his legal aid contribution, and when I told him that he would need to contribute $2.00 for my services, he decided to represent himself. He gets out next week.



Extract from - I'll have the law on you - The selected letter of John Fytit  
(c) Paul Brennan 2014. All rights reserved. 

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Subway allegedly Held to Ransom


Last year, my son, introduced me to the delights of the Meat Ball Sub. I even mentioned Subway at my daughter's wedding. So, when Channel 7 Breakfast Show "Sunrise" asked me to comment on an alleged threat by a Subway franchisee to expose Subway's recipes on the internet if they did not pay him $35M, I could not resist......click here to see the interview.

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Art of War - coping with conflict


Most people engage in litigation only once unless they have a very understanding spouse. At the outset, there is a lot to be gained by reading the Art of War by Sun Tzu, which is not only a manual of warfare, but a sage guide to engaging in conflicts both business and personal.

For those potential litigants who do not have the time to read the Art of War, here is the take home:

Twelve lessons for litigants from the Art of War by Sun Tzu

1.    Do not first fight and then look for victory.
2.    Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting, next attacking in the field, the worst strategy is to besiege as prolonged warfare is expensive.
3.    Rapidity is the essence of war, take advantage of your enemy's unreadiness, march by unexpected routes and attack unguarded spots.
4.    The object of war is peace.
5.    When attacking leave an outlet free to make your enemy believe that there is still a safe road of escape as enemies in desperate straits will show a lack of fear.
6.    If the enemy has achieved an unassailable height before you do, do not follow, but retreat and try to entice your enemy away by threatening another place that he must relieve.
7.    If his forces are united, separate them.
8.    When faced with a superior enemy about to attack, begin by seizing something your enemy holds dear and then he will be amenable to your will (the “goolie manoeuvre”).
9.    Devise unfathomable plans while knowing your enemy’s disposition. Thereby, he must spread his resources whereas you can attack at his weakest point in strength.
10.  Win people over by kind treatment and use them as spies, as intelligence is of utmost importance.
11.  Warfare is based on deception, when able to attack seem unable, when active seem inactive, pretend to be weak so he may grow arrogant.
12.  To begin by bluster and then take fright at the enemy’s numbers shows a supreme lack of intelligence.

Having said that even a small homily from Sun Tzu within marriage is dangerous ground.  For instance, it is difficult to explain to a wife that the “object of war is peace” especially where a daughter in law is concerned.


This is an extract from the second edition of Unleashing the Dogs of Law which the author intends to get around to but for now the 1st edition is not bad. Click here to view the 1st edition.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

The Hong Kong Handover 1997

At midnight on 30 June 1997 I was standing in Central, Hong Kong (HK) with my wife, Diane.
The weather was miserable; it was raining. Except for the temporary stadium nearby hosting the farewell for Chris Patten with Prince Charles in attendance, the streets were empty. Either there was something good on TV or the local Chinese had decided it was not a good idea to be seen taking to the streets.
In 1990, when we arrived in Hong Kong the local Chinese were clamouring for overseas passports (moving their families overseas to achieve residency status). Large crowds demonstrated angrily about democracy and June 4th. Confidence in the economy was low. There were bank runs. As the decade moved on, confidence was restored and there was frenzy on the stock and property markets,
The power visibly shifted from London to local wealthy Chinese and then to Beijing. By 1997, there was an air of acceptance, local Chinese had rediscovered their mainland roots, and everyone seemed to have a mainland cousin. The order of the day seemed to be to keep their heads down and maintain business as usual.
People worried about the mainland bringing lawlessness to Hong Kong.
One lunchtime, I heard bullets being exchanged in a running gunfight between mainland robbers of a gold shop and the HK police on the streets of Central. The HK police soon discovered that ex PLA (People’s Liberation Army) soldiers had been recruited by local Triads to carry out gold shop robberies in Central. It is rumoured that the Triads were told to knock it off. The robberies stopped.
A few months before the handover PLA troops had been stationed in Hong Kong. They were paid very little and people were concerned that they would get into mischief as soldiers do. In fact, they were locked inside their Central barracks and did not seem to be allowed out.
The Basic Law was implemented, and Human Rights legislation was introduced. However, Beijing was to call the shots in Legco (HK’s parliament). As the handover came near supporters of the mainland government surfaced, becoming vocal and dominant. The parties supporting democracy under Martin Lee became beleaguered.
Chris Patten advocated democracy for the HK people a little bit too rigorously, and Beijing dubbed him a “prostitute” and “man of eternal guilt."
It was against this background that on 19 June 1997 Diane and I sat in Legco for the Last Question Time of Chris Patten. Some Pro-Beijing councillors were openly hostile towards him asking questions such as, was he ashamed of what he had been doing.
Chris Patten gave the most brilliant of performances. He wiped the floor with hostile questioners. Everyone else enjoyed the event immensely. We were all aware that this was a historic occasion.
So that is how I found myself in Central at midnight on 30 June 1997 singing “Rule Britannia." It seemed the right thing to do. A few people joined in. Others watched on in silence.
We then walked to the harbour and watched Chris Patten sail away on the Britannia, its light ablaze.
On our way to the harbour we chatted to a HK Chinese policeman. He gave us a button from his uniform; the crown was not required anymore.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Ombudsman - The Great Pretender ....sometimes

Dear John

As a reward for long government service, I have been offered the job of Ombudsman. However, it sounds a little bit too challenging this near to my retirement. I am concerned that it may be too taxing and argumentative.

O.

Dear O.

In days of old there were knights who were bold, but also there were many knights who just pottered around their castles and occasionally girded their loins to attend banquets. Whether they lacked inclination or funds, they were still knights; such is the power of branding.

The Ombudsman is not an advocate for complainants nor is he there to stick up for government departments. He is somewhere in the politically correct but potentially ineffective middle. Doing anything while maintaining your independence with both sides can be difficult, therefore, doing nothing can be an attractive and sensible option for some Ombudsmen bearing in mind that most complainants could be classified as last resort crackpots.

Here are the seven habits of highly ineffective Ombudsmen:
  1.   Try to close complaints without doing anything at all. This is easier that you think.
  2.  Increase complaint numbers by accepting complaints by telephone, email, website, even twitter, anonymous or otherwise. Vague complaints are easier to close.
  3. Do not identify and properly resource complaints that have merit, treat them all the same and spread your resources thinly so that you can be seen to be fairly dealing with each one, albeit ineffectively.
  4. Leverage complaints. If the complaint is made too early, it can be opened, and then closed and then reopened again, once the time has arrived for the complaint to be received. So that one complaint becomes statistically, two complaints.
  5. Do not have customer satisfaction surveys unless you are forced to do so. Put testimonials on your website and issue loads of statistics.
  6. Offer training to government departments on how they can deal cheerfully but not too effectively with complaints. This will create further statistics and keep your staff fully occupied.
  7.  Some ungrateful complainants may complain about you too, label these as vexatious so that no one takes any notice of them.

As a safe, reticent bureaucratic pair of hands you may be considered perfect for the position.

JF


Extract from - I'll have the law on you -unmitigated advice on law and lawyers by John Fytit AO to be published later this year. 

(c) Paul Brennan 2014. All rights reserved. 


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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Legal Advice about Sons to Mothers


Q. I have always been very proud of my son but now he tells me that he wants to put me in a home. 



A. You are not alone. Sons often egged on by wicked daughters-in-law start to give hints about retirement homes at any time after their mother's 55th birthday. 
Your lawyer will advise you of the 5 point  “We Are Staying Put, Son” (“WASPS”) strategy.  Use this to make your son’s interjections into your life a less pleasurable experience for him until he backs off.


  1. Hide all family heirlooms, rings, carpets, watches etc., to stop him visiting you just for the pleasure of inspecting them and declaring which ones will be his.
  2. If you cannot bring yourself to find an outspoken lesbian lover, invent one.   
  3. Adopt a poison Will clause.  This is similar to the “poison pill” strategy which companies use to avoid takeovers.  You  incorporate a clause in your Will which leaves you son’s share of your estate to someone else.  Even rich sons will baulk at the thought of their inheritance being left to say a donkey sanctuary.
  4. Stop taking hand outs from your son.  Bolster your income by taking in washing, playing more bingo, seeking out senior bargains or by simply taking a rich and preferably childless lover.
  5. Avoid displays of aggressive hatred especially those that lead to police involvement.  Any sign of mental instability may enable your son to take over your affairs.  Psychiatrists may be on your son’s side, they have mothers themselves.
As one godmother said “keep your enemies close and your adult sons even closer”.


Saturday, April 26, 2014

Father of the Bride Speech

"Despite it being unusual for anyone to throw anything and the only requirement is to get through it without being embarrassing the Father of the Bride Speech is tough. If you have a daughter my advice is to start preparing now or at least before you stand up”   Paul Brennan


FATHER OF THE BRIDE SPEECH
MARRIAGE OF ALICE AND BEN CRANNEY
SYDNEY, 12 APRIL 2014
The stress, the expense, the worry, the upset, the tears…and that was only the engagement party.
WELCOME TO THE GUESTS
Welcome to you all, especially our overseas guests or blow ins as you are affectionately known. Ben’s family have so many friends and our family so few, but our friends are prepared to travel a long way. Of course, that is because they have no friends either.
Those of you who have not been to Australia before may have preconceived notions about Australians. Apart from the Queensland contingent, these are refined Australians. For instance, the booze ran out half way through the engagement party but the sherry went first.
ABOUT BEN’S WORK
Welcome to Ben’s colleagues from the NSW government. After being the butt of so many jokes over the years, a table of government employees is a welcome relief to all the lawyers in the room. When Ben first joined the NSW Government, they saw a need in him that no one had seen before - Tai Chi training. It may have been part of the NSW Government induction program. Alice says that when he got home from the first lesson it took him 5 minutes to open the fridge.
ABOUT ALICE
We have always said that we loved our four children equally. We lied. Alice is the no. 1 child. She was always there to strap on her sister’s Wiggles tail, which for many years was a daily occurrence. She introduced her own library system into the house, issuing each of us with library cards and causing us to queue by the door to have our books stamped in and out.
HOW ALICE MET BEN
Ben and Alice met in a gym. Thirty years ago, to meet a girl you had to trawl pubs, discos, and parties. Frankly, it was difficult to find a sober one. A pick up line would be - step away from the bar, ma ’me. So if you have wondered about your parents that may be the missing piece of the jigsaw.
That leads me Ben, to tell you how I met your mother-in-law. It was midnight at a New Year’s Eve Party. We kissed. I was beneath the mistletoe with another attendee when I felt someone fiddling with my trousers. I looked down, and it was Diane. As we had kissed, her woollen dress has become entangled in my fly, and as I had moved away, a woollen strand had stretched out across the room. Of course, when that sort of thing happened in those days you had to get married.
THE COURTSHIP
Dating is different. Thirty years ago, we would try to take our girlfriends somewhere nice.
Where did Ben take Alice? Up a volcano. At the top of the volcano, Alice twisted her ankle. Ben picked her up in his strong arms and carried her all the way down. After 25 years of marriage if you are up a volcano with your wife in your arms, you are up to no good.
ABOUT YOUR MOTHER-IN-LAW
Ben, I am sure you have noticed by now that there is something different about your new mother-in-law…..She has a sense of humour. Every married man here will tell you that is very unusual. For example, our family went to see the movie, the Titanic. Being Hong Kong, at the end of the movie everyone surged for the exit. I heard your mother-in-law shout, “Women and children first”. It was one of the only times that an audience left the Titanic laughing their heads off.
ABOUT YOUR SON-IN-LAW
Diane, your new son-in-law thinks before he says something. Ask any mother-in-law in the room, and they will tell you that is very rare.
ADVICE ON MARRIAGE
Alice and Ben, there are many people in this room sharing your journey. Above all Ben’s grandparents, celebrating 56 years of marriage. Do you know what you get for 56 years? Titanium. A titanium hip. It is something you will always have. You are not going to leave it in the back of a taxi after a drunken night out.
Married life gains subtlety over the years. Alice, when you make a sandwich for Ben, you make it with love, and he knows that as your kitchen top looks like a branch of Subway. After 30 years of marriage, it is different. For instance, the other day your mother said to me, “Do you want this or shall I give it to the dog?” I thought, I know what you mean baby. You mean that you love me more than that there dog.

TOAST
No volcano high enough.


EXTRACT FROM SPEECH OF PAUL BRENNAN GIVEN AT THE WEDDING OF HIS ELDEST DAUGHTER 

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Give me liberty from completing an Advance Health Directive or give me death


An Advance Health Directive (“AHD”) sets out your wishes in the event that you are incapacitated, for instance, “Do Not Resuscitate”. The admirable self-sacrifice of issuing instructions to spare your relatives the expense and anguish of prolonging your life after you have reached your “Sell by Date” is ruined for some by the length, detail, and turgid nature of the AHD form which runs to 24 pages.

Whereas Mafia victims are given every assurance before being unexpectedly garotted in the passenger seat of their car, the AHD requires you to choose the method of your demise, be it lack of oxygen, starvation or thirst, or an “OST combo”. Many find it difficult to tick the box which provides that they are to be denied food and yearn for an option of “SAVE FOR the occasional light snack”.



The AHD form includes sections which allow you to:
  • expound on your spiritual and religious views as if your relatives had not heard enough already.
  • list people who should not be consulted on your condition. For instance, an evil twin, ex-wife, or mother in law.
  •  choose someone to agonise over these decisions for you although it is difficult to find someone who can do it as well as yourself.
As a safeguard, there are dire warnings to doctors and nurses not to depart from good medical practice e.g. by accelerating or assisting death especially in the case of less agreeable patients or at the insistence of pushy relatives.

Finally, the AHD form is to be taken to your doctor who is required to witness your signature and answer your many questions. Be careful to keep the AHD form out of sight while in the doctor’s waiting room to avoid being lynched by the other patients. An unintended form of euthanasia.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Other Peoples' Children

Q. Parents are so boastful of their childrens’ achievements. Does such irritating behaviour offend against any law? I do not say this just because my own childrens’ achievements have been modest.

A.  My wife and I attended a parents’ evening where one mother was concerned that the curriculum would not extend her child as he was gifted, later she questioned the adequacy of the sports facilities as he was a natural athlete, finally her hand was up again to question the music teacher as her son was also a talented musician. He was 7 years old. As my wife later commented, “it is amazing that the most gifted children have the most stupid mothers”.


It may not be specifically mentioned in any declaration of human rights but being irritating is an inalienable right of man and womankind. But the irritating are the first to go in any revolution, or at least that is my plan.



Extract from - I'll have the law on you -unmitigated advice on law and lawyers by John Fytit AO to be published later this year. 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Lawyer Tease

Q. I have not made a will as I am too embarrassed to reveal how little I have got. I have always hoped that something would turn up, but time is running out.

A. It took me a few years to realise that my clients did not have more money than me; they just said that they did.


Over the years they have:


  •          Invented rich uncles poised to leave them a fortune.
  •         Made out that they had so much money that they had no need to work.
  •        Claimed that they had given substantial sums to charity.

Some clients got carried away, hinting at expensive mistresses and rich, generous mothers-in-law.

All fantasy, of course.

Therefore, your claims of exceptional wealth will leave your lawyer unmoved. Unless, you give your lawyer even  the slightest reason to suspect that the claims are true. For instant, a $10.00 tip to his or her secretary on the way in, followed by claims of anything over $10M is likely to cause a complete melt down.

Extract from - I'll have the law on you -unmitigated advice on law and lawyers by John Fytit AO to be published later this year. 

(c) Paul Brennan 2014. All rights reserved. 


Sunday, March 9, 2014

Why are lawyers not as popular as doctors?


Q. Why are lawyers not as popular as doctors?

A.  If there were another set of doctors on the other side of the operating  table trying to kill the patient, doctors would not be so popular either.


Extract from - I'll have the law on you -unmitigated advice on law and lawyers by John Fytit AO to be published later this year. 

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Criminal Shortage Prompts Prison Reform

Q. With falling crime rates and the creeping de-criminalisation of drugs, will our prisons be almost empty soon?

A. There has never been a shortage of people to persecute and incarcerate. I am sure we will think of something. For instance, many in the legal profession have always felt that children, especially teenagers, would gain from a custodial sentence. I am not suggesting long sentences (except in certain cases). Sentences would mostly take place in the school holidays so as not to interfere with school work. There would be no criminal record as the Child Custody (“CC”) System would not deal with crimes but everyday family irritations such as talking back and eating with elbows on the table. Not every infraction would result in imprisonment. For instance, what teenage son would refuse to put out the garbage if he had a suspended sentence hanging over his head? Only the consent of the parents would be required, and I expect that, in most cases, this would be enthusiastically given, especially for Holiday CC.

Once the principle had been established it could be extended to other troublesome family members such as mothers-in-law. Forcibly sending your mother-in-law to prison may be a breach of her human rights. However, human rights’ lawyers have never defended mothers-in-law in the past, and I suspect that they will not start now.

Once the criminals were cleared out of the prison system, wives could be attracted by a Hi-Security diet that really worked. Fathers may seek some solitude especially leading up to Christmas, birthdays or weddings. No more household chores, fielding requests for money, or going shopping for even short periods may be a welcome respite.

Include a “Throw Away the Key” option for spouses and we will need more prisons not less.

Extract from - I'll have the law on you -unmitigated advice on law and lawyers by John Fytit AO to be published later this year. 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Glossy but Dull


Q. The glossy information sheet which accompanied my new driving licence warned me to “try and keep it flat”, “not to deform it by cutting or hitting it” and “not to soak it”. Increasingly, my attention is being diverted by pointless information packaged in a way that invites attention. The duller the message, the greater the marketing subterfuge. Can the law offer any solution to these time wasting antics?


A. All content should be colour coded - red, white or blue. Red being worth reading, and blue being not worth reading. For instance, all legal documents produced by banks would be defaulted to blue with occasional white and red streaks to enable customers to hone in on the important parts and disregard the rest. Productivity would increase dramatically.

Then we could colour code our politicians and have three parliaments, blue being not worth listening to. Materials - red, white, or blue produced by politicians of any hue, would be removed to the appropriate parliament.

With colour coded TV channels, all the films and shows which receive bad reviews would be shown on a blue channel giving us all the opportunity to have evenings free of the usual rubbish.

There would be anomalies. For instance, some blue jokes may need to be reclassified as red, and red herrings would become blue. Brides may aspire to red weddings.

In order to enforce these laws, white and blue judges would be appointed to join the red judges. Cases would be allocated red, white or blue status purely on entertainment value.


This is not a new idea; the US Federal Courts have been colour coding their attorneys for some time. Submissions from blue attorneys are dismissed without a hearing. It has saved a lot of time and is being considered by courts all around the world. 


Extract from - I'll have the law on you -unmitigated advice on law and lawyers by John Fytit AO, lawyer to be published later this year. 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

The Lawyers in Love Cartoon Slideshow - St Valentine's Day Special

Legal Cartoons for lawyers dating, living together, engaged, married, separated or divorced. Or anyone thinking about it.

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Losing your inheritance - the smart way

Q. A court has ruled that a will can be made on a smart phone. How do I stop my inheritance being tweeted away?

A. It used to be that thieves were branded on the cheek, murderers were hanged, and if a will was not signed at the bottom or foot thereof in the presence of two witnesses present at the same time, it was not valid. We all knew where we stood, and although it was difficult to get a will executed without someone inadvertently trying to leave the room, or wanting to sign in the wrong place, we managed. Now, if a Testator had a clear intention of creating a will, despite not observing the legal niceties, a judge may allow it over the line.

Once a Testator is deceased it is no longer his wife who decides his intentions for him, it is a judge, so it can still go either way. This means that if those in charge of your inheritance are unreliable (and let’s face it, we are dealing with your parents here) you may need to have an entire court case to beat off the other claimants, and that can be expensive.

Therefore, it is best to pay for your parents to make their wills properly and then wipe them out before they change their minds. This is not without risk and care must be taken to avoid suspicion of patricide, matricide or the ever popular, step-matricide. However, no one is surprised by what parents get up to these days. Accidents involving Bucking Broncos, parachuting and microlights seem commonplace for the over 70s. 

But, tweeting is just one of the ways to lose your inheritance, so be vigilant and proactive it may not be enough to support your parents’ extreme lifestyle choices and wait. 

Extract from - I'll have the law on you -unmitigated advice on law and lawyers by John Fytit AO, lawyer to be published later this year. 

(c) Paul Brennan 2014. All rights reserved. Author of The Legal Guide to Dying...Baby Boomer Edition 

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