Get professional advice and support

Ensuring your will is valid and covers all that's needed can be complicated and stressful. This page includes where and how to get professional advice and access a range of mental health support services.

Benefits of professional advice

While you can prepare a will yourself, it's strongly recommend to get professional help. There are many reasons for this, including:

  • that the words you use in everyday life may not have the same meaning when documented in a will
  • uncertainty as to what assets can and can't be given away in a will

Having a professional help draft your will can ensure it:

  • fully represents your wishes 
  • is clear and unambiguous
  • includes your nominated executor and guardian
  • takes into account any complex legal, financial and taxation issues
  • is legally valid and signed correctly

Having a will prepared professionally could save your estate much higher legal fees if your will is contested or has to be interpreted by a court

Because the information on this website is general in nature and does not cover everything you need to know, please read this important legal notice

 

NSW Trustee & Guardian

NSW Trustee & Guardian is a government agency with specialist legal, finance, property and tax experts who can help prepare wills.

It also offers additional services, including:

  • document safe storage for a fee, but free when appointing NSW Trustee & Guardian as your executor or Power of Attorney
  • acting as attorney under a Power of Attorney
  • acting as executor or trustee for an estate
  • acting as direct financial manager for the affairs of people with disability that affects their capacity to make decisions, or overseeing private financial managers who undertake this role

Law Society of NSW

The society offers a solicitor referral service connecting members of the profession to the general public who may require legal advice, including help when making a will.

The service draws from a database of around 1,600 private law firms who've registered their details, areas of law and other practice information with the society.

You submit your request and the society searches for firms that are likely to meet your needs and provides you with their contact details.

It also offers a pro bono scheme that can put you in touch with law firms willing to provide legal services for free or at a reduced cost.

Get mental health support

If planning for end of life has caused you mental health concerns, there is a range of support services you can access, including:

But good mental health is more than just an absence of mental illness. It can also involve a range of other factors, including:

  • maintaining social connections
  • staying physically active
  • making smart dietary choices
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