Considering will kits? Here are some tips on how to write a new legally binding will

Writing a Will that will stand up in a court of law is best left up to the experts but there are a few things to consider when preparing your will and testament. Here are some tips on what you should consider throughout the process to ensure your will is legally binding, so you get the last word on how to divide your assets and who looks after your children (if they are minors) and pets.

For a will to be a considered a legal document, you need to be eighteen (18) years of age or older. There are some limited cases where a person younger than 18 can make a will, but in such cases, we suggest seeking expert legal advice. Ensure your full name it correctly written, as well as your current address and identification details.

Make certain it has been clearly stated you are of sound mental health and you are revoking all other wills that you may have executed before. This is important incase the will is contested and if there are several versions, it is important to know which is the most current and thus the legally binding version.

The next step is to appoint an executor and beneficiaries for your will. The executor is the person who carries out your instructions and administers your estate after your death, and those who will be given assets or appointed guardianship of your children are beneficiaries.

Ensure there is a date and your signature on each page, and there is at least two witnesses sign the will to ensure the document is legal. Creating your will with a lawyer or in front a notary makes sure the will is legal and is a good step to take to avoid any disputes.

Although it may seem more cost-effective to prepare your own will, ideally a will should be written with the help of experienced lawyers to avoid any disputes and ensure your last will and testament is fully carried out. Please feel free to contact our Estate Team during business hours on 1800 770 780 for advice on how to write a will.

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