Why do I need a Will?
A Will gives you the reassurance that your assets will be distributed following your wishes. If you die without a Will, you are said to have died intestate, allowing the law to dictate how your property will be shared out after any debts have been paid. This may result in your estate being distributed against your wishes, as well as incurring unnecessary tax liabilities for your beneficiaries.
A Will lets you decide who will be the executor and trustee of your estate, ensuring the task of administrating your estate is carried out by someone you trust. You can also appoint testamentary guardians for your children to ensure they are raised as you intended.
For a Will to be valid it must follow the formal requirements set out in the law. The person making the Will must be 18 years of age or older, the will must be in writing and be signed by the testator in the presence of two witnesses who must also sign the Will.
We have experienced estate planning lawyers in Perth who can assist you with everything from drafting simple Wills, through to complex discretionary testamentary trusts. We will ensure your Will meets the legal formal requirements and that it clearly sets out your wishes, so your family and other beneficiaries are provided for in the future.