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September 29, 2017

Life insurance loopholes: How well do you know your policy?

There is no doubt that superannuation funds in Australia shamelessly fight for your membership. Given Australians’ retirement pooled savings have exceeded over $2 trillion, it comes as no surprise that the television, radio and internet are flooded with enticing advertisements from the superannuation sector. With employer contribution rates increasing since 2014, this fund of retirement […]

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August 25, 2017

Linda Bucci case study: Taking a stand against the ‘pre-existing’ psych exclusion

In the legal industry, significant steps have been taken toward understanding and addressing psychological conditions such as depression and anxiety. We are beginning to have a better grasp on how these conditions affect a person’s quality of life and their ability to participate in meaningful work. Unfortunately, the insurance industry is lagging behind. Too many […]

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National Disability Scheme
August 14, 2017

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) – A quick guide

Shine Lawyers’ Senior Solicitor Laura Hadfield guides you through the key features of Australia’s NDIS. Eligibility A person with a disability can apply to become a participant of the NDIS if they satisfy the following criteria: They must be under the age of 65 at the time of applying; They must reside in Australia; They […]

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June 6, 2017

TPD insurance: When claims get rejected

Total and permanent disability, or TPD insurance can be your lifeline if you suffer an injury or illness that prevents you from returning to work in the same capacity. If successful, your claim provides you with a lump sum payment to help get you back on your feet; lost past income, lost earning capacity, any […]

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April 28, 2017

Changes to super: How will you be affected?

The changes to superannuation announced in the May 2016 Budget are designed to improve the sustainability and integrity of the Australian super system, and are due to take effect from July 2017. Every Australian, particularly those close to or in retirement, should be mindful of how these changes will impact their hard-earned retirement funds. Will […]

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January 30, 2017

How to check your super is being paid into

Regardless of your retirement dream, whether it is to travel the world or spoil your family, ensuring your superannuation fund is contributed to every quarter is fundamental to enjoying those golden retirement years. The importance of superannuation in Australia At 30 June 2016, over 14.8 million Australians had a super fund account. The majority of […]

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November 17, 2016

10 important steps to get prepared for storm season

10 important steps to get prepared for storm season In recent weather we have had a glimpse of what our storm season will look like over the next few months. Storms are unpredictable and sudden, so it is important to be prepared for whatever they may throw at you! Keep reading to make sure you […]

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November 4, 2016

Surprising delay tactics used by super funds

Every week hard-working Australians are contributing to their superannuation fund, giving them piece of mind that they will have a source of income at retirement and access to Total Permanent Disability (TDP) insurance should they need it. Unfortunately, people are now discovering how difficult it can be to access these protections when tragedy strikes and […]

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March 11, 2016

Accessing your life insurance benefits

Claiming your life insurance benefits and accessing what is rightfully yours can unfortunately be much harder than you might think. Shine Lawyers has seen firsthand how insurers can often avoid paying out on genuine policies through a range of tactics. Sadly, we do see insurers unnecessarily delaying claims, denying and defending legitimate claims, and all […]

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