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Be willing to provide for family
By JEFF LILLY
none of us
like to think
much, but it is
always a good
I guess this sounds a bit gloomy
but making a will is pretty
It may seem to many that it is
something old people do, but it is
just as important for young folk,
and the idea is to update the thing
as your circumstances change.
After all, you never know what
the future holds. When my Dad
died his will was being updated,
and the document was in one of
the Christchurch buildings that fell
over in the earthquakes, causing all
sorts of delays and problems.
If you do not have a will your
estate will be divided up by the
Your spouse or partner gets your
personal chattels, the first
$155,000 of the estate and one-
third of the rest. The other two-
thirds goes to your children.
If you have no children, your
partner gets the personal chattels,
the first $155,000 and two-thirds of
the rest. Your parents get the other
third. Your partner gets the lot if
your parents are deceased.
If you have children but no
partner, the entire estate is left to
the children equally.
If you have no partner or
children, your parents inherit. If
your parents are deceased, the
entire estate is left to blood
relatives or to the Crown if no
Consumer tells us that less than
5 percent of us die intestate. But
we're often sluggish about putting
pen to paper, fearing the lawyer's
bills that may result. Making a will
doesn't cost that much.
The expensive bit is the will's
administration after your death:
these costs come out of your
estate and vary depending on who
administers the will.
You're legally entitled to make a
will yourself -- but just 4 percent
do, according to a Public Trust
survey. A DIY job may be fine if
your assets are modest and your
family relationships orderly.
But if not, you'll probably need
There are potential downsides to
Home-made wills may create
problems if the will-maker's
intentions aren't clear or if there
are simple errors.
Most people use a law firm or
the Public Trust to draw up their
This doesn't mean the will can't
be challenged: disgruntled
relatives can still pop out of the
woodwork to dispute your last
But using a professional should
help to ensure the will is legally
The solicitors at Williams
McKenzie in Rangiora for example,
are well equipped to provide you
with specific advice regarding your
situation to ensure your will meets
your needs, and will be valid.
Your own solicitor can review
your existing will or can draft a
new will if you haven't done one
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