We are often asked by clients whether they are required to discuss their will with their family or friends.
The short answer to this question is no.
While you are alive your will is confidential and you are under no obligation to show or discuss the contents with any person including person(s) appointed as your Power of Attorney.
Although you are under no obligation to disclose your will, some clients prefer to discuss their wills with their family and friends to ensure that their wishes and the reason for them are clearly understood.
Discussing your will can be particularly useful if you feel that it may be contested.
By explaining your wishes, in your own words, your family and friends are more likely to understand your reasons and therefore potentially avoid a future contest to the estate.
You may also wish to discuss your will with your family and friends if you have included detailed funeral instructions. It is often the case that a person’s will is not looked at until well after their funeral and your family may not be aware of your specific wishes.
Our Adelaide based team at Williams Barristers & Solicitors has the knowledge and experience to guide you through the will making process to ensure that your wishes are clearly expressed and understood.