A Will is generally a formal written and signed statement, which provides for the distribution of a person's property and assets, to take effect on that person's death.

It is an important legal document that all adults should have, to protect the assets they have worked hard to accumulate.

Making a Will is a specialised task, often requiring consideration of complex financial, legal and tax issues to ensure that your estate is distributed in accordance with your wishes.

Will facts

  • A significant number of persons who die in Australia each year, do so without having left a Will.
  • Many Wills drawn up during a person's lifetime do not reflect the testator's current wishes.
  • Many people incorrectly believe that Wills are necessary only for the wealthy.
  • Making a Will is not an expensive process.
  • Your assets may be worth more than you realise.

Why choose the Public Trustee and Guardian?

The Public Trustee and Guardian can prepare your Will only where nominated as the Executor to administer your estate.

The different circumstances and needs of individuals are paramount to the Public Trustee and Guardian in the preparation of Wills.

Will-making is a specialised task with complex financial, legal and tax implications that should be considered to ensure that your estate is distributed as you wish.

Given the importance of this document, it is vital that it is prepared by an expert who is supported by legal, accounting, taxation and investment professionals.

The Public Trustee and Guardian has:

  • prepared over 12,000 Wills and prepares around 750 - 800 Wills each year;
  • over 30 years experience in the preparation of Wills for residents of Canberra;
  • low fees for the preparation of Wills;
  • the expertise to offer objective and impartial advice that may help avoid any potential conflict and ensure the most effective distribution of assets.
  • perpetuity; and
  • the certainty of retaining your original Will safely and securely until required.