A will is the most important document most of us will ever sign. It is usually the only way we can ensure our assets are distributed in the way we intend after we die.
Due to uncertainties of life, we recommend you don’t delay in making a Will or changing one to meet your wishes. All too often we put off arranging our affairs, thinking we will have plenty of time in the future to sort everything out. Dying without a Will more than likely will have the result that your estate is not distributed how you would have wanted.
The general matters you need to consider before drafting a Will include:
You can name guardians for your children, establish trusts and donate to worthy charities through the use of your Will. You can also make it known if you want to donate organs, be buried or cremated and where you want your remains to finally rest.
You should review your Will regularly to make sure that it meets your current needs and wishes. Our solicitors recommend that you consider this important document at least once every 3 years and every time there is a change in circumstances in your life. There are events that arise that may act to invalidate your Will or parts of your Will, for example, marriage and divorce. Also consider if you have children or grandchildren if their interests are considered in your current Will. If an executor or trustee you have nominated is no longer able to act, then that should also be changed.
Aitken Whyte Lawyers are also able to assist you to prepare a Power of Attorney. To ensure hassle free peace of mind we charge a fixed fee to create and update most Wills inclusive of a Power of Attorney.
If you have been named as an executor in a Will we can assist you to administer the estate when the time comes, including applying for a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration.
In addition to estate arrangements, we can represent you if things go wrong. If you have been omitted from a Will or arrangements made need defending our lawyers will be there to protect your rights.
It is essential you have experienced solicitors when creating or updating your Will. If you would like to put a Will in place, or if your circumstances have changed and you would like to review your existing Will, our estate administration team will ensure your wishes are protected.
Aitken Whyte Lawyers Brisbane are focused on results. Our solicitors can assist you with all Will and estate matters. Call today to discuss your needs.