Making a Will: Make Sure It’s Valid

Making a Will: Make Sure It’s Valid

Making a will is assumed by many to be a simple process, however, it is very important that you ensure your will is valid. The law surrounding wills is complex, and unless you know exactly what’s required, you may be making a will that is invalid.

To be valid, it has to fulfil legal requirements and effectively address all aspects of your property and assets. A will contains information regarding how your estate will be distributed once you pass away, who will look after any minor children, your wishes for your funeral and other final wishes you may have. If your will is deemed invalid, your wishes may not be followed.

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Valid Will: Supreme Court Decides

Valid Will: Supreme Court Decides

The Queensland Supreme Court has recently made a decision on what constitutes a valid will, deeming an unsent text message evidence of a valid will.

The court has accepted a dead man’s unsent, draft text message leaving his possessions to his brother and nephew instead of his wife and son, as an official will.

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Dementia & Estate Planning

Dementia & Estate Planning

As the Australian population ages, the incidence of dementia and memory loss in elderly people is increasing. However, estate planning for this scenario is very important. Estate planning should include amending current legal documents, creating plans for your property, discussing health care and potentially naming a Power of Attorney.

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Missing Will? Here’s What To Do

Missing Will? Here’s What To Do

Here’s what to do if you’re faced with a missing will. There are many reasons why the will of a deceased person has gone missing, but at a time of upheaval, grief and loss, it can be hard to work out what to do if you discover that the will is missing. However, there are options if you are faced with a missing will.

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