A Will is a legal document that allows you to specify a number of things including:
- Who is going to be in charge of managing your estate (your executor).
- Whether there are any specific gifts you would like to make to friends, family or a charity.
- What will happen with your affairs, including your assets, your liabilities and even your pets.
- Who will care for your children (guardianship appointments).
- Whether you have any preference around funeral arrangements and your remains
It is critical that your Will has been validly prepared, and deals with the entirety of your estate. It is risky to assume that a Will template you have downloaded will be considered valid by the courts. While many areas are softening their legal requirements, a Will continues to have very specific rules around the way they are to be signed and who can witness a Will. Each State and Territory in Australia has different succession laws. Estates can be complex to administer, even if you hope it can be kept simple.
There really is no “one size fits all” when it comes to your wishes and your Will. If you want your Will to be enforceable, and not open to challenge, there it is important to get professional legal advice that is specific to your circumstances.
Part of our role when giving you legal advice is to go beyond “what do you want your Will to say” to ask the questions that can help identify future potential claims. Our advice will then make sure those things have been considered and prepare your Will so that it adequately manages those complex issues that may arise.
Let Integrated Family Law show to make sure that your documents focus on what matters to you … your family, your assets, your wishes … and leave the legal worries and trouble shooting to us.