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A 2017 survey by the WA Public Trustees found that half of West Australians over the age of 40 do not have a valid Will. The survey also found that only 19% of families with young children have a valid Will.

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How a Special Disability Trust (SDT) can help you care for your loved one

Special Disability Trusts allow you to safeguard the future of your loved one while also offering significant financial concessions. There are various things you need to know if you’re considering setting up a Special Disability Trust for someone in your family. You can’t just ‘set and forget’ them – the disabled person needs to meet…

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What is an Executor and what does an Executor do?

It’s very important to understand what you can and can’t do as an Executor, and when you can act. Willcraft Estate Planning has outlined everything you need to know about being an Executor. What is an Executor? An Executor is someone who has been nominated by the deceased to administer the estate after they die,…

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What is Probate and do I need to apply for a Grant of Probate?

Depending on the deceased’s estate, a Probate application may or may not be necessary. In this blog post, Willcraft Estate Planning walks you through what you need to know about the Probate process in Perth. What is Probate? When someone dies, their appointed Executor may need to apply to the WA Supreme Court for a…

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Why a homemade Will or Will Kit may not be right for you

Homemade Wills and Will Kits can cost far more in the long-term than they seem to ‘save’ you in the short-term. As Master Craig Sanderson of the WA Supreme Court stated while determining the intent behind a homemade Will: “There is no question but that engaging the services of a properly qualified and experienced lawyer…

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What happens when you die ‘intestate’ (without a Will) in Perth

If the worst should happen, having a valid Will means your family has the peace of mind to know what you wanted and will be able to take the necessary time to process their loss. No-one wants to think about death, but it’s an important part of ensuring that your wishes are carried out and…

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The 10 Most Common Mistakes People Make With Will Preparation

According to the 2017 WA Public Trustee Survey, only 50% of West Australians over the age of 40 and 19% of Perth families with young children have a valid Will. Effectively, this means the majority of people in Perth are rolling the dice and leaving it up to the WA Supreme Court to decide how…

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The Value of Getting Advice

When was the last time you got some ‘expert’ advice? It might have been when you were buying or selling a house or perhaps even a car. You might have needed some accounting or financial advice. You might have been trying to decide which school to send your children to you so you spoke to…

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