Preparing your will with Eales & Mackenzie is the best way to ensure that your family members are properly provided for in the way you had intended, and that the likelihood of disputes occurring is reduced. We are skilled in preparing wills and in estate planning, whether the process involved is simple or complex in nature depending on your personal or family situation. We are committed to ensuring that our clients receive appropriate advice which involves a consideration of the matters that are relevant to your personal needs in relation to your estate and the welfare of your family.
The importance of a Will
Your will becomes your voice after you pass away, and will document your intention and how your loved ones ought to be financially protected.
A carefully prepared will covers important issues including how your assets will be divided, who will receive these assets and who will look after your children when you pass away. Preparing and updating your will regularly ensures that your loved ones are not put through the added pain of legal challenges when you pass, or exposed to unnecessary financial and emotional grief.
Choosing Eales & Mackenzie to prepare your will ensures that your will reflects your specific intentions and minimises the likelihood of your will later being challenged. At Eales & Mackenzie, we ensure that you receive relevant advice that addresses your concerns and personal and financial circumstances.
At Eales & Mackenzie, our estate planning lawyers will discuss with you key considerations that should be accurately described and reflected in your will:
- Personal assets
- People you want to include in your will
- How you wish to divide your financial assets
- Who will take guardianship of your children
- Who will be named as the executor of your will.
Preparing your will
There are strict statutory and common law requirements when it comes to drafting and signing your wills in Victoria and across other Australian jurisdictions A number of those include:
- Your will must be in writing and witnesses
- Witnesses must not be a beneficiary in the will
- Beneficiaries must be clearly identified
- Executors must be clearly identified
- Your will must be dated and signed correctly
At Eales & Mackenzie we personally prepare your Will and other estate planning documents to ensure that they are legally enforceable and able to withstand potential challenges.