Wills are important because they set out the way you want things to be distributed when you die. They remove the doubts and difficulties that can arise when there is no evidence of the deceased person’s wishes.
If a person does not have a Will in place (referred to as “dying intestate”) your estate will be distributed in accordance with a legal formula. This adds delays and extra costs for those you leave behind.
The importance of having a properly drafted Will was recently highlighted in the decision of Gray v Gray in the Supreme Court of Western Australia where the Court opened its judgment with the following remark:
“Home made wills are a curse… [in this instance] the estate of the deceased is substantial, the will is opaque and there is no agreement among the beneficiaries, the inevitable result is an expensive legal battle which is unlikely to satisfy everyone. All of this could have been avoided if the testator had consulted a lawyer and signed off on a will which reflected his wishes. There is no question but that engaging the services of a properly qualified and experienced lawyer to draft a will is money well spent.”
Pragma Legal uses a prepared form in preparing Wills which can be found here.
Once the form has been completed, Pragma Legal arranges a time to meet with you face-to-face to take instructions in relation to the content of your Will (who you wish to appoint as your executor(s) and to whom you wish to leave your estate and in what way).
If you are considering having a Will drafted, its as simple as clicking on the link above, completing the form (the answers will be kept confidential) or arranging a time to meet with Pragma Legal using the booking form below.