One of our staff members saw the following posted in an online forum:
“Wills. How do they work?? Is it magnets? Apparently the post office Will Kits are no good.And I hear “Get a proper one with a lawyer.” Since this is not America, and we don’t have “a lawyer,” I’d have to go to a random law office to have one drawn up.I assume it stays with them. What if they close up shop? What happens to my Will? What happens if the law office is some local small one man shop, and that one man dies? Who works out what is what? And if none of that happened, and both my wife and I die, how does everyone else know that I made a will and it is at Joe Bloggs law office?If we both die, how does Joe Bloggs law office know that one of his clients died and that their will needs to be executed? Do they have special “will lawyers” like they do with say property? I don’t want my used $5 t-shirts to go to just anyone.”
Quinn & Scattini Lawyers’ Director, Russell Leneham, responds as follows:
“I have seen home-made wills that are fine, and I have seen home-made wills that are rubbish. There are many risks in making a home-made will, including the risk that what makes perfect sense to you when you write it, may not make any sense to the person who reads it.
Occasionally a legal practice gets sold or closes. Any wills they hold in safe custody will usually go to the new owner of the practice.
At Q&S, when we make a will for you, we also give you Will Location Cards that you can give to your family members, letting them know that you have made a will and that it is held by us.
We do not charge a fee for our safe custody service.
Every worker has superannuation. And you probably should have life insurance through your superannuation fund. So even if you don’t have much by way of other assets, it is important to have a well-made will. And it doesn’t cost the earth”.
How We Can Help
Russell is an Accredited Specialist in Wills & Estates and a Registered Trust & Estate Practitioner with the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners. Russell and his experienced team can assist with all your estate needs, including estate planning, estate management, and estate disputes.
We are available to meet with you at any of our local offices (Brisbane, Gold Coast, Beenleigh, Cleveland and Jimboomba) or by telephone or video-conference.
This article is for your information and interest only. It is not intended to be comprehensive, and it does not constitute and must not be relied on as legal advice. You must seek specific advice tailored to your circumstances.