Creating a valid will is the only way to ensure your assets are disposed of exactly as you wish after you die. Yet so many people never create one. While the processes and language associated with willmaking may sound complex, a basic will is all that most people need. Below, in simple English, we’ve explained the fundamentals of creating a will – and even provided a template for drawing up a basic one.

Having a will drawn up

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1 July 2020

For a small fee, a will can be drawn up by a solicitor, a trustee company or the State Trustees (see ‘Contacts’ at the end of this chapter). The law of wills has many pitfalls, so it is highly advisable to see a lawyer or trustee about drawing up a will, particularly if complex issues (e.g. estate claims, taxation, creating trusts, beneficiaries with disabilities) are involved. A will is usually taken at face value. If it is incorrectly drafted, it is difficult to admit evidence to show what the willmaker may have intended. It is also very expensive to have a will interpreted by the Supreme Court.

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