Frequently Asked Questions

A Will is a legal document covering how you would like your Estate (i.e. Assets) distributed when you die. In short, who and what is important in your life should be included in your Will.

If you die without a Will, you are considered at law to have died ‘intestate’ (in-tess-tate). 

In these circumstances, your assets will be distributed in accordance with Intestacy laws, the specifics of which differ across each State/Territory.

Dying without a Will doesn’t come without consequences for those left behind, and can lead to:

  • Decisions being made about your assets that don't reflect your wishes
  • Your loved ones having to make difficult decisions on your behalf
  • Exorbitant legal fees and lengthy court proceedings
  • A person being appointed as your Estate Administrator who you wouldn't choose yourself.

Good news! When it comes to planning for the future, it’s not about what you have, it's about who you want it go to.

It doesn't matter whether you have a few investment properties on the side or if your only asset is a Macbook with an overactive spinning-wheel-of-doom. 

What matters is that you get to take control of your life and your stuff. After all, you can't take it with you.

If a significant change occurs in your life, you should consider updating your Will, as some changes can affect the validity of your current Will. For example, if you get married or enter into a civil partnership, your existing Will may become invalid; or if you separate or divorce from your partner, your Will may be potentially affected. 

You need a Will when you become a legal adult, i.e. if you are 18 years or over.

These documents focus on appointing a person to take over in regards to your personal and/or financial decisions should you lose capacity to do this yourself. We don't presently offer EPOA services, however we strongly recommend getting these documents sorted in addition to your Will. Different Guidelines and Forms are required depending on your State/Territory and can be accessed using the links on our Powers of Attorney page. 

Yep! Planning for the future and writing a Will can be pretty confronting - that's why we all avoid it so much! That's why we aim to make the Will-making process as straightforward and painless as possible for you. So you can give us the important stuff and get back to living your best life. If planning for the future/writing your Will causes you distress, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636.  


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