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Free wills can put the mind at ease

Attorney-General Cameron Dick is encouraging Queenslanders to take advantage of the Public Trustee's free will preparation service, as part of this year’s Law Week (17-23 May 2010).
 
Mr Dick said the preparation of a will was essential as it provided a clear guide to how assets would be allocated after someone passed away.
 
“All Queenslanders should have a valid will and review it every three years to ensure it reflects their wishes,” Mr Dick said.
 
“A will also provides you with the opportunity to name guardians for your children, and establish a trust or donate to charity through an organisation such as the Queensland Community Foundation.
 
“The Public Trustee estimates between 40 and 50 per cent of Queenslanders do not have a current will.
 
“This can result in heightened stress at an already emotional time for family and friends of the deceased, as it can take considerable time to access personal assets such as pensions, superannuation and insurance.”
 
Mr Dick said the Public Trustee’s will-making process ensured all aspects of a person’s circumstances were taken into consideration.
 
“Making your will with the Public Trustee also means there is no risk of it being lost or destroyed as original copies are stored safely on your behalf at no charge,” he said.
 
The Public Trustee makes more than 20,000 wills each year.
 
To make an appointment to have your will made or updated free of charge, contact the Public Trustee on 1300 360 044 or visit www.pt.qld.gov.au for further information.
 
Seniors can find out more information about the Public Trustee’s will service by visiting the Brisbane Magistrates Court open day on Saturday 22 May.

 

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Last updated
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