Public Trustee urges women to take charge of their future
10 March 2023
Queensland’s Public Trustee is encouraging the State’s women to mark International Women’s Day and Queensland Women’s Week to consider how best to take charge of their future.
Public Trustee staff marked International Women’s Day (IWD) and Queensland Women’s Week by highlighting the fundamental need for gender equity and paying tribute to the contribution and achievements of women and girls, across Queensland.
Public Trustee Samay Zhouand said that on average Queensland women (85.1 years) will live four years longer than the State’s men (80.9 years).
“This means that it is more likely that women – the mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts and close friends in our lives - will have crucial decisions to make regarding how their family assets will be distributed,” said Mr Zhouand.
“Planning ahead is crucial and what better time than International Women’s Day and Queensland Women’s Week to think about the future with this year’s themes being #EmbraceEquity and Empower her voice: secure her future - as we reflect on the past and the achievements of the important women around us.”
Mr Zhouand said estate planning - including making a Will and outlining clear instructions to manage your financial, medical and legal affairs if you become incapacitated from an accident or illness, or when you pass away - was a great way of safeguarding the future.
“Unfortunately, too many people still believe that they don't need a Will, or that it's something they can put off until later. Likewise, many don’t see the need to have an Enduring Power of Attorney in place or to have a detailed health care plan if something goes wrong.
“Sadly, every day Public Trustee staff see firsthand the challenges that arise from not taking the necessary steps to plan for the future.”
Mr Zhouand said in today’s changing society it is important for everyone, regardless of their family or living arrangements, to have a Will in place that reflects their wishes and provides for their loved ones or offers support to their favourite charity.
If you haven't already, we encourage you to consider making a Will with the assistance of a private lawyer or the Public Trustee.