Wills Week 2021

Our wishes change throughout all of life. So, when it comes to advance life planning, it's great to take stock of our wishes often, and make them known.

Our advance life plans can include our funeral arrangements, how we want our assets to be distributed (including life insurance or superannuation), who we would like caring for our children or anyone dependent on us, or even who we'd like caring for our pets. And our wishes for advance life planning change often! Especially as our trusted circles change or grow, as our assets move or expand, or as different people or pets come to depend on us.

Throughout life, when your wishes change, your Will can too. Explore Wills Week 2021 to learn more about will-making throughout all of life, handy hints to know, stories to learn from, and how to have the conversation with those you trust.

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Starting Your Advance Life Planning Journey

Note: This is a general overview of advance life planning and is not to be considered as legal advice.

Starting your Advance Life Planning Journey

Note: This is a general overview of advance life planning and is not to be considered as legal advice.

How do I start advance life planning?

1. Making a Will is easy

  • Make an appointment with a solicitor, succession law practitioners or the Public Trustee. Visit www.qls.com.au/Find-a-Solicitor/Search to find a solicitor near YOU
  • Make a list of all your assets and heirlooms
  • Ensure you have appropriate ID
  • Meet with your Will-maker to make your Will
  • Talk to your family about the arrangements you have made and where your Will is kept

2. Make your Enduring Power of Attorney

What does an attorney for financial matters take care of?

  • Paying your bills; rent, gas, electricity etc.
  • Managing your investments
  • Preparing your tax returns
What can an attorney for personal and health matters take care of?
  • Where you live
  • Who you live with
  • Your recreational activities
  • Certain medical decisions, treatment options and medicines

3. Have the conversation with those you trust

Once you’ve made your Will and Enduring Power of Attorney you should have a conversation with those you trust so they understand your wishes. Knowing your wishes clearly this can help those you trust to support your wishes during a time of grief and loss.

This includes:

  • Funeral arrangements and wishes, including if you want to be buried or cremated
  • Aged care: do you want to be cared for in your home if you can, or in a senior living community or facility?
  • Advance care — do you feel strongly about whether or not you want to receive life-sustaining measures to prolong your life.
  • Are there situations where might prefer not to be resuscitated, such as if you were severely ill?
  • Your Will and wishes for your estate

Note: This is a general overview of advance life planning and is not to be considered as legal advice.

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Last published: 25/11/2021 1:01:01 AM