Do you want the world to know what’s in your will?

Do you want the public to know:

– why you cut your son out of your Will?

– your bank account details and your share details?

– how wealthy you really were?

– your wishes in relation to raising your young children?

We have been explaining to clients why our Wills are very legalese with very little personal detail – except for appointments (such as Executor, Guardians, Trustees).

The practical and personal information is provided for in our detailed strategy diagrams and in My Workbook and Letter of Wishes (you can add the items above in your Workbook, or the reasons for cutting out a child in your Statutory Declaration). This information is only available to your Executor to ensure that can do their job efficiently and effectively.

A Will is made public when you pass away, and your Executor receives a Grant of Probate from the Supreme Court.

When applying for the Grant, the Executor will need to provide the Original Will.

The Court will not return the Original Will. Instead, the Court will attach a photocopy of the Will to the Grant of Probate. The Court retains the Original Will as a public document in its safe custody.

Once there, people can apply to review your Will and the Grant.

Banks and other financial institutions, Landgate and share registries will often require a copy of this Grant (with Will attached) or to see the original version when dealing with the Executor on the deceased’s person’s property.

This is why the Will of the late HRH Prince Phillip, husband of Queen Elizabeth, will be sealed and remain private for at least 90 years. In addition, the value of his estate will be excluded from the Grant of Probate.

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The Law Has Changed

An update has occurred to Western Australian Law changing what happens if someone dies without a will.

These changes came into effect after March 30th 2022.

Learn about these changes by clicking the button below.