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.

Storage of a will

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1 July 2020

A will is an extremely important document. It should be kept in a secure place, and the executor appointed under the will told where it is. If the original of a will is lost in the custody of the willmaker, there is a rebuttable presumption that it is revoked. Therefore, wills should be kept in safe custody with a solicitor, trustee company, accountant or any other institution that will hold documents such as wills in safe custody. The Probate Office (see ‘Contacts’ at the end of this chapter) accepts wills for safekeeping under section 5A of the A&P Act.

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