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Making or updating a Will

Wills and estates

What is a Will? 

A Will is an important legal document that sets out your final wishes. It provides direction on how you would like your estate to be distributed in the event of your death, and who you want to control the process. It may also include financial, family and funeral directions. 

Your personal circumstances can change often. If you already have a Will, it is essential to review it regularly to ensure it is always up to date. Situations that prompt a change of your Will include marriage, divorce, the birth of children or grandchildren, the death of a beneficiary or executor, or a significant change to your financial situation or assets. 

No matter what stage of life you are in, if you have family or dependents, it is important that you have an up-to-date Will. That’s where Shine Lawyers can help. 

We will guide you through each stage of the legal process

Virtual support via phone or video conference available

$500* for a legally valid Will

Prepared by an Expert Wills & Estates Lawyer

*For the preparation of a standard Will, a fixed fee of $500 will apply. For more complex arrangements, additional fees may be required. Your lawyer will explain the process and outline the fees for you prior to commencing your Will.

What does the process of preparing or updating a Will look like? 

  1. The first step of the process is to book in for your consultation. 

  2. Once booked in, we’ll explain each step of the process and arrange a time for you to meet with one of our expert Wills & Estates lawyers - either via phone, videoconference or in person - whatever suits you. 

  3. Your lawyer will explain the process and outline the charges for you prior to any work taking place. Most Wills can be prepared quickly, giving you peace of mind that your affairs are in order. 

  4. We recommend gathering as much of the necessary information that is required to draft your Will ahead of your meeting with us. Contact us for a comprehensive list of the kind of information you will need. 

What happens if I don’t have a Will? 

Without a Will, the distribution of your assets after your death will be managed without your wishes being considered. If you die without a Will, someone will be required to act as an administrator, who will need to obtain a Grant of Letters of Administration from the Court to have the authority to handle your estate. 

If no one is willing or able to act as your administrator, the Public Trustee may do so. There are rules in place to determine how your estate is distributed if you do not have a Will. These are known as the ‘Rules of Intestacy’. The absence of a Will can make distributing your estate to your loved ones extremely complicated 

What is an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA)? 

An Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) is a legal document that appoints someone to manage your affairs if you are unable to do so yourself. The person you appoint is called an ‘attorney’. Loss of mental capacity as a result of injury or illness can affect anyone, often without warning. 

Being proactive in appointing an attorney may save you and your family unnecessary anguish and financial difficulty should you lose mental capacity in the future. It is important to choose someone that you trust and who understands your wishes. Your attorney must be over 18 years of age and should not be someone paid to take care of you. We can assist you with preparing the necessary documentation to appoint your Attorney.

How Shine can help 

We have helped thousands of Australians right wrong and access more than $1 billion per year in entitlements and compensation through our expert services.  

95% of the cases we represent are settled without the stress of going to court.

With our 1000+ workforce and business maturity, we have the scale, expertise and agility to take on the tough cases and win. 

We are ready to take action and ensure you receive your entitlement to right wrong.


Can I represent myself, or do I need a Will lawyer?

It is possible to legally represent yourself and prepare a will on your own accord, however, doing so successfully will likely require a thorough understanding of the law, your legal rights and entitlements.

Most people choose not to act for themselves and instead engage a wills and estate lawyer who is an expert in their field and can provide the knowledge and experience required to help guide you are every step of the way.

Why trust Shine to be my Wills and Estate lawyers?

At Shine Lawyers, we put your first. We’ve been standing up for the rights of everyday Australians for over 45 years. As one of Australia’s largest litigation law firms, we are here to help you get the justice you deserve.  

Our empathy, understanding and expertise is how we stay ahead of the pack. We’ll stand with you and guide you through every step of the way. 

Where are the Wills and Estate lawyers from Shine located? 

Access to justice is important to us, and when it comes to Shine, location is no barrier. Click here to see all our wills and estate law locations. 

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