Where there’s a Will there’s a way forward

The inaugural National Wills Week, held from Monday 11 to Sunday 17 September 2023, encourages Tasmanians to plan for their future, no matter how old they are.

Public Trustee CEO Todd Kennedy said that while sometimes Wills can be a difficult topic, it was incredibly important.

“Unfortunately, half of all Tasmanians pass away without a Will and that can have a big impact on those left behind,” he said.

“We want to help people understand how to capture their financial, health, and legal choices in writing so that they can be in control”.

This National Wills Week, we’re urging Tasmanians to learn more about Wills, and plan for what you’d like to happen to your belongings and assets — like cars, superannuation, hard-earned savings, a pet, family inheritance, insurance, and even your wishes for your Instagram account.

It’s also important to dispel the common myth among 18- to 25-year-olds that they don’t have enough to warrant a Will.

“What can easily be overlooked are unexpected insurance payouts, the value of collectable items or vehicles, and extended family estates where the young person is named beneficiary.”

This year’s campaign focuses on educating young adults on the importance of advance life planning, highlighting the assets that are included in their estate, and raising awareness around the services that can support them to establish a Will.

Mr Kennedy also said that the Public Trustee can prepare free Wills and enduring powers of attorney for many Tasmanians, including all Tasmanian Seniors-card or commonwealth pension card holders when they appoint the Public Trustee to take on the role of administering their estate.

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To support National Wills Week, please click here to use these resources to encourage the Tasmanian community to make a Will: – National Will Week 2023 – Public Trustee

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