Is a hand written Will legal in Australia? Has the Will been witnessed accordingly? Is the hand writing even legible? These are all essential things to take into consideration when preparing a Will and testament in Australia.
There would be many a person who hand writes their Will and testament, noting all of their final wishes and details and then tucks the pieces of paper away in a “safe place”. The issue then becomes: how does anyone find it when the time comes? And furthermore, will they be able to read your handwriting?
A classic example of this has just come to light recently. The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, (who died August 2018 of pancreatic cancer) was thought not to have left a Will at all. However, three hand written Wills have recently been discovered in her Detroit home. Unfortunately, the Wills are not clear. One of the Wills is 4 pages long with words scratched out and notes made in the margins.
A (no doubt very costly and stressful) court hearing has been set for 12th June 2019 as two of her sons are contesting the contents of these Wills.
In Australia, for a Will to be legally binding, you must have two independent individuals (over the age of 18) witness you signing each page of your Will – including the all important very last page.
If you’re an everyday Australian looking to complete a legally binding Will and testament online, this is where we come in.
Your Wills is an Australian-based company (supported by SLF Lawyers) that offers you a simple, straightforward solution allowing you to effectively create a legally recognised Will online.
Here’s the fast facts:
- There are only 9 simple steps from start to finish to complete your Will
- No payment required until after you’ve completed Step 8 – then review and submit your Will.
- To officially finalise your legally binding Will, ensure you have two independent individuals (over the age of 18) witness you signing each page of your Will – including the all important very last page. Your witnesses then need to sign each page of your Will too. Done! It’s that easy!
We also offer a Will Sharing Service that allows you to share you Will with your Executor, Accountant, Lawyer, family member/s or a trusted friend. But more about that later.
Got questions? We’ve got answers: https://www.yourwills.com.au/faqs/
Or if you’ve got a more specific question, get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ready to be a responsible adult? Get started here: https://www.yourwills.com.au/wizard/register
Where there’s a Will, there’s a way.