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Will FAQs

Do I need a Will?

A Will gives you control over what happens after you die. It is important to have a Will so your assets go where you want them to and if you have children they are looked after by the people you want looking after them.

If you don’t have a Will and you pass away then:

  • The courts will appoint an administrator to administer your estate.
  • Your assets don’t automatically go to your partner.
  • The formula is currently $155,000 + 1/3 of the remaining assets to your partner and 2/3 to the children
  • Your assets will pass to the Government if you have no close relatives

What do I need to create a Will?

  1. The names of people you want to act as guardians for your children who are under 18 years old
  2. Names of people or organisations to whom you want to leave specific gifts in your will
  3. Name(s) of person/people who you would like to act as your executor(s) and trustee(s) to carry out your wishes
  4. Details of your Family Trust if you have one (full name and year it began)

How do I make sure my Will is valid?

To make a Will valid it must be signed in front of two (2) witnesses. These witnesses cannot have anything left to them in the Will.

A simple check list to make sure your Will is valid:

  1. Have you read your Will?
  2. Have you initialled each page of the Will?
  3. Do you have two witnesses to witness your Will?
  4. Have you signed the Will in front of these two witnesses?
  5. Have both witnesses stated on the Will that they were in your presence when you signed the Will?
  6. Have both witnesses signed the Will in front of you?

When do I need to change my Will?

Keeping your Will up to date is important. The last Will you signed, even if it’s out of date, is the one used in the event of your death.

Also it is important to note that if you get married, the Will you wrote before your marriage is no longer valid.

You can amend an existing Will, but it is complicated and you will need to see a lawyer. Instead, it may be easier to make a new Will that is up to date and that includes any changes you want to make.

How much does it cost?

Our fee for creating a Will is $49.95. Or you can visit our Fees page for more information.

I have a situation that doesn’t fit into your Will creation tool.

The My-Bucketlist Will creation tool is not right for everyone. If the tool is not allowing you to control your estate and/or guardianship requirements then you should visit a lawyer who can tailor one to your needs. To find a lawyer you can visit: www.lawsociety.org.nz.  If you’re not sure before you begin, you can go through the Will creation process and cancel before payment is taken.

Do I need a lawyer to witness the signing of the Power of Attorney document?

For an enduring power of attorney, you (the donor i.e. the person giving power of attorney) must receive legal advice from the person who will be your witness. The donor’s witness can be:

  • a lawyer, or
  • a qualified legal executive, or
  • an authorised officer or employee of a trustee corporation.

I have a question that isn’t answered here?

Please feel free to contact us using our Contact form. We aim to respond within one business day.