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Making a Will in Tasmania

A Will is a document that sets out how any property that you own is to be distributed after your death.

If you die without having made a valid Will the administration of your estate may be complex, expensive and the distribution of your estate may not proceed in the manner you would have wanted.

To ensure that your Tasmanian Will is valid, it is important to have it prepared by a lawyer. Whilst Will kits are inexpensive they can, if ambiguous or incorrectly completed, result in legal costs that substantially exceed any savings made.

The legal requirements for preparing a Will are different in each state. However, each state requires that in order to make a valid Will you must be over 18, understand what you are doing, ensure that it is in writing (telling someone what you would like to happen is not enough) and have the Will signed in the presence of two witnesses. 

Under a Will, an executor is appointed to look after your estate. The role of the executor is to collect all your assets, pay all your debts and distribute your estate in accordance with the terms of your Will. Normally an executor is a family member or trusted friend.

If you do not make a valid Will, your estate will be distributed in accordance with the current laws of the day. However, having a valid Will ensures that you decide how your estate is divided between family, friends and charities.

To discuss how we can help you with preparing your Tasmanian Will, please contact us on 03 6332 9353.

For more information please read our article on Tasmanian Wills.

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