FINDING a Justice of the Peace (JP) in Queanbeyan can be a stretch at the best \nof times, and regular JP hotspots including Queanbeyan Local Court and the \npolice station are increasingly in demand. However another local business is \nnow offering their JP skills to Queanbeyan residents as a free community \nservice. Branch manager Mistie Dal Molin and Julie McInnes of Tobin Brothers \nQueanbeyan were required to become JPs in their line of work, and Mrs Dal Molin \nsaid it wasn't long until they were being called upon to certify all kinds of \ndocuments. "Certifying things like death certificates and cremation \ncertificates is at the core of what we do every day," she said. "So it was \nreally out of necessity that we started doing it, but so many people are coming \nin now with their kids' drivers' licences or college applications and that kind \nof thing for us to certify." Death certificates are particularly important \nfor Tobin Brothers' clients, and families need to have their official documents \nin order before they can move on to the administrative jobs like closing \naccounts, managing superannuation and the other effects of a deceased \nestate. But you don't have to be a Tobin Brothers client to use the service, \nMrs Dal Molin said. "Anyone can come in. It would be good if they could give \nus a call beforehand in case we've got a funeral on so that we don't keep them \nwaiting, but they certainly can try just walking in as well," she said. And \nfor those people who are wading their way through the administrative documents \nthat follow a death in the family, the local funeral home can also help to \nsimplify the process, Mrs Dal Molin said. "We specialise in prepaid funerals, \nso people who want to prepay or prearrange their funeral for themselves can do \nso. Whether they're sick or not, it's just to have that peace of mind that it's \ntaken care of," she said. "With inflation and interest, it's just smart \nbusiness to lock it in and not have to worry about it. And more importantly, \ntheir family doesn't have to worry about it. "A lot of the time after people \nhave had a death in the family, that tends to be a time when they think about \nwhat would happen to them [if they passed away]. And if it's been a sudden death \nor it's been very stressful, then they want to have things put in place so the \nfamily doesn't have to go through that again," she said. *Visit Tobin \nBrothers, Queanbeyan at 91 Crawford Street, or phone on 6297 1546.