making a will

Make Your Will With an Experienced Estate Lawyer

Your will is your opportunity to specify how your estate is distributed after you pass away.

It allows you to choose who benefits from your money, possessions and other assets, as well as letting you choose who administers your estate (the executor).

It’s important to create a will that is:

  • Clear
  • Accurate
  • Legally valid.

This is where the specialist team at Queensland Estate Lawyers can help. We have the expertise to create both simple wills and wills that involve more complex assets or distribution.

Do I need to make a will?

The short answer is no, you don’t need to make a will. However, making a will has a number of benefits.

  • Having a will makes the estate distribution process faster (meaning your beneficiaries get their inheritance more quickly).
  • Having a will makes your passing less stressful for your family.
  • Having a will lets you have a say in how your assets get distributed.
  • Having a will ensures you can provide for your family as you want.

How do I know my will is valid?

A will needs to meet certain criteria to be deemed legally valid.

Unless special circumstances exist, to make a valid will you must be over 18 years of age, and of sound mind, memory and understanding.

A valid will is generally:

  1. Written
  2. Signed by you in front of 2 witnesses. These witnesses should not be beneficiaries of your will, and they must also be over 18 and must not be visually impaired.

To ensure your will is legally valid, it’s a good idea to make your will with a specialist to advise you. This might be someone from the QEL team or a person from the Public Trustee of Queensland.

Other estate planning services

We don’t just make wills – we can also help you with other services like Enduring Power of Attorney, Grants of Probate, and Letters of Administration.

For more information on making a will in Queensland, or for advice on estate administration, our friendly team is ready to help. Contact us online or by calling 1300 580 413.