Have you ever thought about death? You’d be forgiven if you haven’t – it’s a scary thought, after all. It’s not an easy subject to bring up in conversation, yet they say the only true certainties in life are death and taxes, so it has to come up eventually. As a society, we’d often rather put off having a proper talk about ‘the end’ with our loved ones until another day, but the problem with that is that it could happen at any time. It’s far more responsible to get your affairs in order sooner rather than later to prevent any unnecessary pain for your loved ones.
Writing your will
It’s never too early or unnecessary to make your last will and testament – I did mine recently and I’m in my early twenties with no spouse or kids. If you haven’t written your will yet, you need to – without one, your nearest and dearest may have no idea what your wishes are or even if they do, they won’t have a legal document to back it up.
Without a will;
If you’re not sure where to start, thankfully the internet provides access to a wealth of information without necessarily having to engage an expensive lawyer. Here’s some helpful resources for each of the states and territories as there are some different legal requirements in each one:
Once you’ve written your will, you’ll typically need to get it witnessed by one or two people. In many cases this can be anyone as long as they don’t benefit from the will (so you don’t necessarily have to hunt down a notary public) but be sure to check the resources above for the right information for your state or territory.
Making death less difficult
There are lot of aspects about your passing that may not necessarily be explicitly outlined in your will. Many standard will templates focus on your financial estate and not much else. Consider the following:
Your next of kin should know these things. Everyone should set the time aside to write a will and make their wishes known for the peace of mind that when they do pass away, their friends and family will have clear instructions on what to do. They’ll be able to focus on grieving the loss of a loved one instead, and in the end, that’s what the hardest part of a death is always going to be.
If you’re having trouble dealing with the loss of a loved one, you can access information and counselling by calling Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14.