Saying yes to a valid Will

Published Friday, 19 January, 2018 at 10:49 AM

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

Queensland’s Public Trustee is educating same sex couples about the importance of updating their Will when getting married.

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath said after the historic changes to marriage equality in Australia, all couples needed to be aware of the legal implications.

“It’s important to know that a will is revoked by a marriage,” Mrs D’Ath said.

“Taking the time to plan now can save your loved ones untold conflict at a time of grief and loss.

“With 16 Offices across the State the Public Trustee’s self-funded free Will making service means adult Queenslanders can get a valid Will at no cost.

“Whether people go to the Public Trustee or their solicitor, it’s all about making sure Queenslanders have these important documents in place.

Peter Carne, The Public Trustee of Queensland, said a will needed to be reviewed after major life changes.

“If your Will hasn’t been updated when you marry, and you have beneficiaries who are not your spouse, they will not receive the gifts under your Will.

“Also, if you have appointed an executor other than your spouse to administer your estate, that appointment will not take effect.

“Turning 18, going overseas, marriage or entering a de facto relationship, divorcing, buying a property and having a child are also all good times to review your Will to ensure it’s up-to-date,” Mr Carne said.

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Attorney-General media contact: 0417 675 917

Public Trustee media contact: 3213 9408