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Other Commonly Asked Questions

Appointing an Executor
To ensure your wishes are carried out in accordance with your Will, you should appoint an executor,

Can I make a Will myself?
A Will does not have to be a very complicated document, and as long as you follow certain formalities, you can write a simple Will yourself.

What is a 'Legal' Will?
A "valid" or "legal" Will is one that will be accepted by a court as authentic and can be put into effect by a grant of probate.

Should I make a Will?
Everyone over the age of 18 should have a current legal Will.

Where should I keep my Will?
Once a Will has been written there is no formal requirement for its safekeeping.

Who can dispute my Will?
You often hear or read about a Will being contested in court by a close family member who feels they are either entitled to more.

How do I revoke a Will?
You can do this by including a simple statement at the beginning of the new Will

Sample Will
We have included a sample will for you to have a look at

Where Should I Keep My Will?

Once a Will has been written there is no formal requirement for its safekeeping such as lodging it with a particular Government Office or Court, but you should keep it in a safe, easy-to-access place.

Most solicitors, accountants, banks and trustee companies hold Wills on behalf of their clients. Often there is no charge for this service, but inquire first and make sure that there is a clear understanding that you are free to remove it at any time. After the testator's death, the executor is in control of the Will and may pick whomever he or she wishes to act as counsel for the estate.

It is not recommended to keep your Will in a safety deposit box, as it may be difficult for your executor to access it without a court order.

It is advisable to make a copy of your Will (marked clearly with the word "Copy"). Also make a note on the copy where the original is kept. Importantly, make sure you advise your executor where the Will is kept. If you wish to give your executor personal instructions that you do not wish to appear in your Will, you can leave a separate letter of instruction.