Making a will

Making a valid will is the only way you can be sure your property is distributed according to your wishes after you die.

You don't have to use a solicitor to prepare your will, but using a legal professional makes sure your will is legal, and reduces the possibility of it being contested.

If you don't have a legal will, South Australian laws will determine how your property or 'estate' will be divided.

Assistance with wills

The following services are available to prepare wills and provide assistance:

Executors

An executor of a will is the person or organisation responsible for carrying out the wishes of the deceased as instructed in their will. Being an executor may involve any or all of the following duties:

  • making funeral arrangements
  • applying for a certified copy of the death certificate
  • applying for probate (the process of proving and registering in the Supreme Court the last will of a deceased person)
  • attending to all financial matters, including funeral expenses, legal costs, distributing assets and settling any outstanding debts.

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    Page last updated 25 July 2022

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