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Don't leave your loved ones a headache - the pitfalls of DIY Will kits

By Rebecca Collins - 8 Oct 2013

Writing a Will is easy right? Just leave everything to my spouse and then bury my body?

Do it yourself Will kits may make it seem easy but there are many pitfalls throughout the process of making a Will which could make your Will invalid or mean that your testamentary intentions are not fulfilled.

A Will is often not given the importance that it deserves. It usually deals with all the assets that you have worked all your life to acquire.

When drafting a Will there are many things to consider which your lawyer will go through with you, including how you own your assets, the legal obligations you have when you die and how your family can be best cared for. Although the Will itself may be simple, all these considerations can make it very complex and a do it yourself Will kit will not always suffice. 

Too many times we have come across DIY Wills that do not truly reflect the Will-maker's intentions or that do not meet the Court's strict requirements to be a valid Will. Court applications to rectify this can be very costly and time consuming and some of the most complicated and expensive estates we have are "simple Wills" where the Will-maker did not get proper legal advice.

At a time of high emotional stress, avoid additional worries for your family. The monetary costs of fixing an incorrect Will can be huge. The impact on family relationships sorting out disputes can be irreparable. Getting it right while you are alive will save your family money and headaches after you die.

If you would like a new Will, or to have your current Will reviewed, please contact us.


Rebecca Collins

Lewis Grant


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