Making a will
Your will is often your last message to your loved ones. No matter how straightforward your circumstances are, having a will helps ensure everyone understands what you’d like done with your estate.
How can State Trustees help?
We’ll give you peace of mind.
State Trustees has decades of experience in wills and estate law. We can help you record your final wishes and how you would like them to be carried out.
We help more Victorians write their wills than any other organisation. We understand the nuances of the law, and our expertise has been gained from years of helping people over the emotional and legal bumps that can come with writing a will.
No matter how straightforward or complicated your estate is, State Trustees can help you.
What is a will?
A will is a legal document that details what you’d like to happen with your estate. It helps ensure your assets are protected and enables you to appoint a guardian for your children.
It also names who is responsible for carrying out your wishes. This person is known as the executor of your will.
Why do I need a will?
Your will is your voice after you’re gone. The clearer your instructions, the better it is for the people you leave behind. A well-written and current will helps ensure:
- the right people are provided for after you pass away
- you know who will be your children’s guardian
- your assets will be distributed according to your wishes
- there are no disagreements among those who expect to benefit from your estate
- the people responsible for managing your estate understand how you would like your affairs managed
- your estate can be settled quickly.
Who can make a will?
Anyone over 18 years of age with legal capacity can make a will.
Legal capacity to make a will means you are of sound mind, you understand what a will is, and what a will does. This means you know what property you own, who is important to you, and you are able to consider any claims that may be made against your estate.
If you’re under 18, you are allowed to make a will if you’re married, or if you gain consent from the court.
If you have a loved one without legal capacity, we may be able to assist in the preparation of a statutory will.
When should I write or update my will?
Whenever your life changes.
An up-to-date will helps ensure the important people in your life are looked after. As a rule, you should change your will after a significant life event like:
- getting married or divorced
- buying or selling a home or a business
- having a child
- deciding to change the beneficiaries of your will
- deciding to change the executor of your will
- deciding to change the guardian of your minor children.
Sound, independent advice
State Trustees understands estate law.
We ask the right questions, including some that you may not have considered, so you can make the best possible plan for your estate.
You’ll get high-quality, independent advice. We can be an impartial voice at an emotional time.
You’ll get peace of mind when you use State Trustees to write your will. We keep your will safe, for free in the State Trustees Victorian Will Bank.
You don’t have to go out of your way. We have offices throughout Victoria and we can come to you. See our office and will writing locations.
Book your appointment to see one of our will writing specialists today.