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ESTATE LAWS

Making a Will is important for everyone over 18 to make sure their wishes are followed and their assets are distributed as they would want after they pass away.

If you don’t have a Will your assets will be divided according to how the law dictates in the rules of intestacy, that is, when you have not made a Will.  If you die intestate it is very likely that your estate will not be distributed as you would have desired.

A Will is also the place where you can indicate to your family and friends your wishes on other important matters, such as who you want to be the guardians of your children.

Making a Will shows a level of care in not wanting to give loved ones any more stress to deal with than they will already face when you pass away.  In many ways it is one of the most selfless things you can do.

Regularly review your Will

Making a Will is not a once-off event. It is sensible to review your Will regularly, and we suggest that this be done a minimum of every three to five years.

Changes in your life may create problems for others in interpreting your wishes in any Will you have already made and may undo all the good work you have done to protect those close to you by making one. It can make your Will ineffective or even invalid.

It could be that a Will made many years ago is still appropriate, just as it may be that a recently made Will is now out of date.

Ideally you should review your Will annually, along with other annual events, such as lodging your taxation returns. It is likely that your needs and circumstances will change many times in the course of your life and with those changes it is prudent to consider your Will.