Many people know they should have a will, but don’t get around to making one. With many decisions to make, it can be hard to know where to start.
What happens if I die and don’t have a valid will?
If you don’t have a will when you die everything you own will be distributed to others according to law. The cost to settle your estate might be higher than if you had a will. If the State finds there are no partners, close or distant relatives to distribute your belongings to, your property will go to the State.
Are will kits legal?
Will kits can be bought at newsagents, post offices and online. They are legal, but must be filled in correctly and witnessed properly. If you’re not sure about using a will kit, seek some advice from the Victoria Law Foundation or a qualified legal professional.
How much will it cost to have a lawyer prepare my will?
You can ask a lawyer to give you a written quote or estimate before you make your will.
For more information, download the Victoria Law Foundation’s Your Will booklet, or order a hard copy directly from them.