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Governing Law

Your Last Will and Testament will be governed by the laws of Australian Capital Territory. Also, it will be tailored to meet the specific laws and regulations of Australian Capital Territory
Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I have a Last Will?A Last Will enables you to:
  • Choose who will get your property after your death;
  • Choose how your property will be divided among your various beneficiaries;
  • Give specific items of property to specific people;
  • Appoint someone you trust to administer your estate; and
  • Appoint a guardian for your minor children.
If you die without a Will, your property will be distributed by a court-appointed administrator according to statutory plans for "intestate succession." Your property will be divided among your surviving spouse, children, and possibly other relatives in whatever manner the law of your jurisdiction specifies. You will not have a chance to give property to non-relatives or to exclude relatives. Additionally, if you have no relatives, your property will go to the state rather than to a friend or charity of your choice.
When should I update my old Will?You should review your Will from time to time to ensure that it still meets your needs and that your property will be distributed according to your wishes. You should consider writing a new Will on the following events:
  • You get married or divorced (a change in marital status may void your old Will);
  • You are unmarried, but have a new partner;
  • The amount of money and property you own significantly changes;
  • Your executor or a significant beneficiary in your Will dies;
  • There is a birth or adoption of a child in your family;
  • You change your mind about the provisions in your Will.
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LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF ____________________

I, ____________________, presently of ____________________, Australian Capital Territory, hereby revoke all former testamentary dispositions made by me and declare this to be my last Will.


  1. PRELIMINARY DECLARATIONS
  2. Prior Wills and Codicils
  3. I revoke all prior Wills and Codicils.
  4. Marital Status
  5. I am not married.
  6. Children
  7. I do not have any living children.

  8. EXECUTOR
  9. Executor
  10. The expression 'my Executor' used throughout this Will includes either the singular or plural number, or the masculine or feminine gender as appropriate wherever the fact or context so requires. The term 'executor' in this Will is synonymous with and includes the term 'executrix'.
  11. Appointment
  12. I appoint ____________________ of ____________________, Australian Capital Territory, as my Executor of this my Will.
  13. My Executor is not required to post bond.
  14. Powers Of My Executor
  15. I give and appoint to my Executor the following duties and powers with respect to my estate:
    1. To pay my legally enforceable debts, funeral expenses and all expenses in connection with the administration of my estate and the trusts created by my Will as soon as convenient after my death, except for any debt secured by real and/or personal property which is to be assumed by the recipient of such property.
    2. To take all legal actions to have the probate of my Will completed as quickly and simply as possible, and as free as possible from any court supervision.
    3. To retain, exchange or dispose of any personal property without liability for loss or depreciation.
    4. To purchase, maintain, convert and liquidate investments or securities, and to exercise voting rights in connection with any shareholding, or exercise any option concerning any investments or securities.
    5. To open or close bank accounts.
    6. To maintain, continue, dissolve, change or sell any business which is part of my estate, or to purchase any business if deemed necessary or beneficial to my estate by my Executor.
    7. To sell, mortgage, exchange, lease or otherwise dispose or deal with any real property in my estate and to pay, alter, improve, add to or remove any buildings thereon and generally to manage such real property.
    8. To maintain, settle, abandon, make a claim against or defend, or otherwise deal with any claims or actions against my estate.
    9. To employ any solicitor, accountant or other professional.
    10. Except as otherwise provided, to act as my Trustee by holding in trust the share of any minor beneficiary, and to keep such share invested, pay the income or capital or as much of either or both as my Executor considers advisable for the maintenance, education, advancement or benefit of such minor beneficiary and to pay or transfer the capital of such share or the amount remaining to such beneficiary when he or she reaches the age of majority or, during the minority of such beneficiary, to pay or transfer such share to any parent or guardian of such beneficiary subject to like conditions and the receipt of any such parent or guardian discharges my Executor.

    The above authority and powers granted to my Executor are in addition to any powers and elective rights conferred by statute or common law or by other provision of this Will and may be exercised as often as required, and without application to or approval by any court.


  16. DISPOSITION OF ESTATE
  17. Distribution of Residue
  18. To receive any gift or property under this Will a beneficiary must survive me for thirty (30) days. Beneficiaries of my estate residue will receive and share all of my property and assets not specifically bequeathed or otherwise required for the payment of any debts owed, including but not limited to, expenses associated with the probate of my Will, the payment of taxes, funeral expenses or any other expense resulting from the administration of my Will. The entire estate residue is to be divided between my designated beneficiaries with the beneficiaries receiving a share of the entire estate residue.  All property given under this Will is subject to any encumbrances or liens attached to the property.
  19. I direct my Executor to divide the residue of my estate into one hundred (100) equal shares which will be distributed as follows ("Share Allocations"):
    1. __________ of __________, ______________, will receive 100 shares of my residuary estate.
  20. Individuals Omitted From Bequests
  21. If I have omitted to leave property in this Will to one or more of my heirs as named above, the failure to do so is intentional.

  22. GENERAL PROVISIONS
  23. No Contest Provision
  24. If any beneficiary under this Will contests in any court any of the provisions of this Will, then each and all such persons shall not be entitled to any devises, legacies, bequests, or benefits under this Will or any codicil hereto, and such interest or share in my estate shall be disposed of as if that contesting beneficiary had not survived me.
  25. Severability
  26. If any provisions of this Will are deemed unenforceable, the remaining provisions will remain in full force and effect.
  27. Signature
  28. I, ____________________, the within named Testator, have to this my last Will contained on this and the preceding pages, set my hand at the City of ____________________, in the Commonwealth of Australia, this 5th day of March, 2015. I declare that this instrument is my last Will, that I am of the legal age in this jurisdiction to make a Will, that I am under no constraint or undue influence, and that I sign this Will freely and voluntarily.

    _____________________
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WITNESSES

This instrument was signed on the above written date by ____________________, and in our presence they declared this instrument to be their last Will. At their request and in their presence and in the presence of each other, we subscribe our names as witnesses hereto. Each of us observed the signing of this Will by ____________________ and by each other subscribing we witness and affirm that each signature is the true signature of the person whose name was signed. Each of us is now the age of majority, a competent witness and resides at the address set forth after their name.

To the best of our knowledge, the Testator is of the age of majority or otherwise legally empowered to make a Will, is mentally competent and under no constraint or undue influence.

We declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the Commonwealth of Australia that the foregoing is true and correct this 5th day of March, 2015, at ____________________, ______________.

Signed by ____________________ in our presence and then by us in their presence.

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Address

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City/Town

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Postcode

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Postcode

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