Buying a Legal Will Kit in Australia
Making sure that your loved ones have access to all of your assets and possessions when you pass on can be a pretty controversial topic. Death can be a scary event – but if you suddenly pass away and don’t clarify which of your possessions should be left to members of your family, then it’s not uncommon for fallouts to ensue. This is one of the reasons why writing a will is so popular in Australia and one of the most effective ways to do so is with a legal will kit.
What is a legal will?
When asking “What is a legal will“, the first thing you need to understand is that in a general sense a legal, formal, or official will is one that is recognised by the Australian court system and can be created by an individual (or couple) to act as a fair representation of their wishes and preferences, as far as their estate and assets are concerned. In order for a will to be considered legal it must features a few factors in specific.
These include, but are not limited to:
- Authorised penmanship (with signature)
- A witness signature
- Formal recognition
In the past, many people made the mistake of creating their own wills on paper; misplacing them, or deciding to change the details contained within, only for forgeries to occur. These days, unless a will is recognised within an official capacity, it can be hard for a solicitor to dictate which types of assets should go to who when a family member passes on – and as you might imagine, this can cause untold amounts of upset and confusion.
To combat this, agencies have worked hard to create a ‘will package’ – a type of product that can be purchased from as little as $25 and used within a legal capacity.
Why are these kits different than other methods of will-writing?
For a start, they are officially recognised due to the formal data that they include. Any agency issuing this type of kit will need to be licensed and verified – and information on the formality of their authority will be included within the package. This data can act to ensure that the contents of the will are authorised within a legal capacity.
Furthermore, some kits require the will writer to send the documentation off to a notary; often a member of the issuing agency, so that they can provide their own stamp to formalise the contents.
To make things even easier and for further reassurance, these kits can be filled in via email to ensure that they possess a digital trail, allowing them to be authorised in a way that can’t be tampered with – whilst ensuring confidentiality and security in the process.