Research shows that around 50% of people in NSW do not have a Will. So what are the consequences if you die without one?
The legislation regarding Electronic Signatures on documents has just been amended in NSW. This is fantastic news as it allows witnessing of wills, powers of attorney, enduring guardianship, deeds or agreements, affidavits and statutory declarations to be done via video link.
Is one of your new year resolutions to get on top of your life admin? Do you have up to date estate planning documents? Australians are generally pretty good at making sure they have adequate insurances to cover circumstances relating to health, cars and property. However according to the NSW Government a staggering 45% of Australians do not have a valid will and for many that have one, the documents are out of date and do not reflect current wishes.
It’s in our nature to look out for our loved ones and one of the most valuable assets you will ever ‘own’ is your education.
So it’s not surprising that we receive a number of calls from people wishing to somehow pay for the future expenses of their child or grandchild’s education, in the event of their passing.
Unlike cash, cars or material ‘things’, the gift of education is one that could make a profound difference in your grandchild’s life.
“Homemade Wills are a curse” – This was the opening remark in a recent judgment of an Australian Will dispute case…
At Southern Waters Legal we agree! Unfortunately we see first hand the expensive mess left behind when people attempt a DIY Will. Homemade Wills often cause significant delays in beneficiaries receiving their inheritance, drawn out expensive litigation and family disputes.