Do you need a lawyer to make a will?

You might be questioning whether you need a lawyer to make a will. While it is possible to make a will without a lawyer, making a will can be complicated, depending on your circumstances. This means you may find it easier to make a will by working with a specialist lawyer.

When deciding whether you need a lawyer to help make your will, consider the following:

Pros

  • A lawyer can provide advice on drafting your will to ensure it is structured in a manner that will ultimately see your wishes effected. This may include advice about inter vivos gifts and testamentary trusts.
  • A lawyer can guide you as to the potential ramifications of your intended gifts.
  • A lawyer can provide you with advice about gifts to spouses and children in blended family arrangements.

Cons

  • A will drafted by a lawyer usually costs more than a DIY will-kit.

Advice provided by a lawyer regarding the structure of your will can safeguard your estate from challenges and may save your loved ones a great deal of stress and expense down the track.

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Last updated: 29 April 2019