Wills and

Estate Planning

Your plan and your wishes, for Your Family

What is Estate Planning?

Estate planning is preparing your affairs and the relevant documents to ensure that your loved ones can manage your affairs in the event you become incapacitated or your passing. This provides your loved ones with your direction and guidance to ensure your wishes are upheld regarding your estate and any direction for your care and welfare if you become incapacitated.

 

what is a Will

A will is a legally enforceable document that sets out your wishes and directions for your loved ones in the event of your passing including how you would like your assets distributed, whether you would like any gifts to be given and whether you would like any specific gifts to be made to charities. You can also include directions for the care of any minor children, and any burial or funeral requests.

Benefits of a Legal Will:

who can make a Will?

A Will can be made by anyone aged over 18, as long as they have the mental capacity to understand what they are doing.

A person under 18 can only make a Will if they:

  • are married
  • get a court order to authorise making a Will.

 

should I update my
estate plan or will?

Keeping your Plan up to date ensures that your wishes are followed and your loved ones do not enter prolonged probate.

Your Estate Plan or Will should be updated any time there is a significant change in your life or your wealth, for example, any time you:

What are the options

DIY Will Kit

Simple and Affordable

$50 to $300 depending on kit

What is included

  • A Will

This is an attractive option due to the low cost and generally best suited to younger individuals.

 

These Wills are kept simple and tend to deal with one to two benefactors and limited assets.

Legal Will

Cost Effective, Legally Sound Peace of Mind

$550 for Individuals

$660 for Couples

What is included

  • A Legal Will
  • Consultation with an Estate Lawyer
  • Guidance on preparing your Legal Will
  • Your Will stored securely
  • Significant saving for couples
  • Electronic Copy on record

A Legal Will prepared by an Expert Estate Lawyer gives you the peace of mind that your affairs are in order and those you love will be provided for.

 

Your Will is also securely stored and accessible to you at any time so that it wont get lost behind a cupboard or in a move.

MyLife Plan

Comprehensive Planning for Larger Estates

$1,100 for Individuals

$1,500 for Couples

What is included

  • A Legal Will
  • Consultation with an Estate Lawyer
  • Guidance on preparing your Legal Will
  • Your Will stored securely
  • Significant saving for couples
  • Electronic Copy on record
  • Enduring Power of Attorney
  • Medical Treatment Decision Maker
  • Advanced Care Directive
  • Statement of Wishes

An Estate Plan is a comprehensive legal package that ensures that your care and wellbeing is considered and planned for, should you become unable to care for yourself.

Online!

can I use an online will kit?

Will kits are an attractive option to save money on planning your estate. They are generally suited to younger people with little wealth and assets who do not own property or a business and wish to leave their assets to immediate family. These Kit’s should still be updated when there are significant changes in your circumstances.

 While preparing your Will with an experienced lawyer may be a small investment now, it can save your loved ones the added stress and cost in the future if your Will was not accepted by the court during the probate application. Your estate doesn’t need to be wasted on lawyers and fees and can directly benefit your beneficiaries.

Online or ‘mail in’ will kits are not suitable if you have accumulated wealth and assets such as property, investments, or you run your own business. Complex Estate Plans should be created after a Face-to-Face consultation with an expert Will and Estate Lawyer.

 While preparing your Will with an experienced lawyer may be a small investment now, it can save your loved ones the added stress and cost in the future if your Will was not accepted by the court during the probate application. Your estate doesn’t need to be wasted on lawyers and fees and can directly benefit your beneficiaries.

Online or ‘mail in’ will kits are not suitable if you have accumulated wealth and assets such as property, investments, or you run your own business. Complex Estate Plans should be created after a Face-to-Face consultation with an expert Will and Estate Lawyer.

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You have Questions. We have Answers.

Frequently asked questions

Will kits are an attractive option to save money on planning your estate. They are generally suited to younger people with little wealth and assets who do not own property or a business and wish to leave their assets to immediate family. These Kit’s should still be updated when there are significant changes in your circumstances.

 While preparing your Will with an experienced lawyer may be a small investment now, it can save your loved ones the added stress and cost in the future if your Will was not accepted by the court during the probate application. Your estate doesn’t need to be wasted on lawyers and fees and can directly benefit your beneficiaries.

Online or ‘mail in’ will kits are not suitable if you have accumulated wealth and assets such as property, investments, or you run your own business. Complex Estate Plans should be created after a Face-to-Face consultation with an expert Will and Estate Lawyer.

Yes you can appoint more than one person to be your executor in the first instance, and they can jointly carry out their duties in administering your estate. You can also appointment someone in substitution in the case your first executor/s is unable to act for any reason.

It is impossible to avoid your estate being challenged as there is specific legislation which entitles certain people to challenge your estate if they meet the criteria. If you have a concern about your Will being challenged, we can assist in minimising the risk of your Will being challenged in conforming with all requirements and formalities and providing you with specific advice to avoid a challenge. It is important to have your Will prepared by a competent and experienced Will Lawyer as they have experience in preparing effective Wills. If you would like advice about the risk of your estate being challenged and how we can minimise this risk, contact us today to book a consultation with an experienced Wills Lawyer.

Superannuation death benefits do not automatically form part of the estate. Although a provision in a will can be of assistance in indicating a person’s wishes, it is usually not binding on the trustee of a superannuation fund.

New changes should mean a new Will.  Once executed, a Will should not be added to, be pinned or stapled or have a paper clip attached to it, as this may cause your Will to be contested later on. If a Will is to be changed or revoked, it must be correctly done, or there may have disastrous implications. To ensure no complications arise from any changes you wish to make, you should create a whole new Will and destroy the old one. Be sure to keep your Will in a safe place and that your Executor knows where to find it.

This decision is up to the individual. We highly recommend an estate plan that includes an Enduring Power of Attorney, Medical Decision maker, and Advanced care directive. This will give your loved one’s peace of mind, direction and authority to make decisions on your behalf even if you become incapacitated. Taking steps to prepare these documents before they are needed is highly advisable.

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