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A plan for what happens next.

There are moments in life when it’s good to step back and think about what really matters. Making a will is the first step you can take towards protecting your assets and the people you care about the most.

However, it can sometimes be a difficult and expensive process. We’re here to help by showing you the different ways you can get started.

A will is important. Here’s why: 

It provides for the future of your loved ones.

It gives you control over how your assets are distributed.

It’s an opportunity to appoint a guardian for your children.

It helps avoid uncertainty over your assets, potential legal costs, and strain on family relations.

Three ways to get started.


Go online.

There are online services that let you plan and create your will. Not all online will services are the same so please ensure you read the fine print and seek professional advice.


Visit a lawyer.

Trust and estate lawyers often specialise in wills and estate planning. They can offer you legal advice and representation.

Visit a State Trustee.

This is a government agency that offers a range of trustee services. They can also appoint you a financial attorney.

More help if you need it.

Before you get started, it might be worth looking at some helpful tools and resources we have available.

Get organised

Someone close to you or a trusted adviser might need to manage your personal admin on your behalf. To help give them the right details, use the First things first checklist (PDF 65KB).

Plan ahead

Before you use an online service, or visit a lawyer or state trustee, it’s worth having information about your family and assets ready. To help, you can use the Estate planning checklist (PDF 92KB).

Speak to your loved ones

It’s important to talk to those closest to you about your finances and wishes. Here are some practical things you can discuss, End of Life planning and Power of Attorney.

Frequently asked questions

If you pass without a will, you are considered intestate. This means that your assets will be distributed according to a pre-determined formula. Your assets might not end up with the people you would have chosen, and you have no control over who distributes them.

Being intestate can cause emotional and financial stress for your family and friends. If you’re in a de-facto or same-sex relationship, evidence will need to be supplied to prove the relationship existed.

Things you should know

If you are unsure about your legal needs you should obtain independent legal advice. This information is general in nature and has been prepared without taking your objectives, needs and overall financial situation into account. For this reason, you should consider the appropriateness of the information to your own circumstances and, if necessary, seek appropriate professional advice. © Westpac Banking Corporation ABN 33 007 457 141 AFSL and Australian credit licence 233714.