Everything you need to know about Wills and estate administration

Welcome to our Learning Lab! Here you can find all you need to know about Wills, estate planning and administration, and a whole bunch of other interesting topics. We've written it in plain English (wahoo!) so you can understand all the legal jargon and terms in a matter of minutes...

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What's a Will?

A Will is most commonly described as a list of instructions you leave behind that lets your family know who gets what when you pass away. Without a Will you’ll be leaving it up to others to decide how

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Common misconceptions

Something we’ve learnt along the way is that there are a lot of misconceptions out there about what happens to your stuff when you pass away. Some of these have serious impacts on friends and family...

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To Will, or not to Will?

If you die without a Will, what happens to all your stuff depends on the value of what you’ve left behind. If all your stuff (aka assets) is worth less than $15,000 your closest living relative will be able to...

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Estate administration. It’s time for a new chapter...

The process for charging a fee for ‘settling’ a person’s estate has been common practice since the middle ages (that’s right, since the fall of the Western Roman Empire!).

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Cue the Executor

Think of Batman’s butler, the only suitable person who could have made sure all the Wayne’s family property and assets were sorted, so little Bruce could grow up in a lavish estate. He’s definitely a smart...

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Choosing a Guardian

This is a tough subject to talk about, we get it. It’s also one of the most important decisions you can make in your Will for any children you have under the age of 18. A Guardian is only needed if both parents pass...

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The History of estate planning

In the dawning years of culture, the right to own property was only held by a collective group, tribe or family. With the death of a leader (i.e. a chief or king), property would be distributed according to...

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