Why it’s important to keep your will up-to-date

by The Cleardocs Team

One of the most important documents that a person will arguably ever produce is a will, and in order to ensure that the person’s estate is administered according to their wishes, it’s not only essential to have a will, but to keep it up-to-date as well. A person’s life does not stay on hold, nor should their will; therefore, it’s fundamental that a person’s will reflects changes in their personal circumstance, along with any legal and statutory developments (such as the possibility that a person’s super may be excluded from a will) that may have an impact on how the person’s estate can be administered.

Further important issues regarding wills and estate planning can also involve:

  • succession planning relating to companies and trusts;
  • testamentary trusts, and tax savings regarding any children;
  • the contesting of the testator’s will by family members;
  • statutory wills: planning for a person who does not have testamentary capacity.

Orderly succession planning ensures that a person’s estate is distributed appropriately upon their passing. Sadly, it’s not uncommon to have issues arise amongst family members left behind after a person’s death, and the problems can be further exacerbated if:

  • a person dies without a valid will (dying intestate);
  • a will is out-of-date;
  • a will fails to take into account assets such as superannuation, which may not form part of the estate.

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