Making a Will isn't just about legal decisions, and Estate Planning is not just about Wills.
There are many decisions that go into simply drafting your Will however that your lawyer can't make for you, decisions like:
- Choosing an Executor
- What assets should you include in your Will?
- Who are your beneficiaries and who can make a claim against your Estate?
- What do you need to do with your superannuation?
- Should you give a non cash gift, like a right to reside?
- Do you need a testamentary trust or a Mutual Will?
- What happens to your Cyber Assets?
- Who needs your passwords?
- Who should look after your children?
It seems obvious
Many of these decisions seem obvious, until your lawyer starts to push you with further questions.
For instance we commonly get instructions that all the children should receive the Estate, and all the children should be executors. We advise our clients against multiple executors, it is a lot of work to be an executor and making many people do it jointly just makes it more work. But then which child should you choose as an Executor? Should you tell the kids which one you chose? Should you choose a friend to do it instead? What if one of the children is having financial problems when you die?
What assets should you include in your Will, you might say all of them? Well certain assets fall outside of your Will, and so you have to deal with those independently. Of the assets that are caught by your Will do you want to put them all in a bucket, sell them all, distribute the cash, or are there assets that need to be dealt with differently?
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