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Avoid Costly Mistakes with Homemade Wills

by | Feb 26, 2019 | Deceased Estates | 0 comments

It can seem quite tempting to save a few dollars on legal fees by preparing your own will, however a will is a very important document that needs to be prepared in a legal manner that ensures your wishes are very clear as to what happens to your estate at the time of your passing.

Avoid Costly Mistakes With Homemade/ Non-legally Prepared Wills

Below is an example of what can result from a situation where a will is not prepared legally.
“The deceased either was offered, or sought, the assistance of an entirely unqualified person to prepare these three documents. That person would no doubt protest that she was just trying to help a friend. She was no help at all. A claim of good intentions is no defence.

The fact is that unqualified people who intermeddle in the preparation of documents that have legal operation cause great harm. The defence for such officiousness is often one of trying to save the will maker money. That is sterile.

This deceased could have several wills professionally prepared for a fraction of the cost that has been imposed on her estate by this application.” Re Maria Elizabeth Rudd; ex parte Prince [2015] WASC 107 per Registrar Boyle.

The decision to try to save a few dollars in the short-term could prove to be a costly mistake in the long run, with home-made wills and wills prepared by financial advisors and other non-legally qualified professionals often requiring expensive and lengthy applications to the Supreme Court of Western Australia before the estate can be administered.

Wills are important complex documents and professional legal assistance is essential.

By visiting a lawyer to get your will drawn up by a professional, not only will you likely avoid complications and complexities in interpreting your will, you will also receive important basic legal advice in relation to wills and estates.

In addition, there will be valuable evidence in relation to the validity of your will from a legal practitioner should problems arise in the future, such as questions of undue influence or lack of testamentary capacity.

Peel Legal Barristers & Solicitors have a wealth of knowledge and experience in relation to Wills and Estates law. We have one of the most experienced deceased estate legal practitioners in the Mandurah, Peel and Rockingham areas and can deal with all your estate needs. We offer Wills at a community service rate of $165.00 per person ($110.00 pensioner rate), which is a significant discount, given some wills can cost hundreds of dollars or more. We also offer a wide range of other estate planning, probate, administration and estate litigation services, with initial community service priced consultations costing $75.00 for 45 minutes.

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Avoid Costly Mistakes with Homemade Wills

It can seem quite tempting to save a few dollars on legal fees by preparing your own will, however a will is a very important document that needs to be prepared in a legal manner that ensures your wishes are very clear as to what happens to your estate at the time of your passing.

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