Other Commonly Asked Questions
Appointing an Executor
Can I make a Will myself?
What is a 'Legal' Will?
Should I make a Will?
Where should I keep my Will?
Who can dispute my Will?
How do I revoke a Will?
Can I Make a Will Myself?
A Will does not have to be a very complicated document, and as long as you follow certain formalities, you can write a simple Will yourself. Here are some of the options in which you can make your Will.
Firstly, you can use a Private Lawyer whose fees may depend on the complexity of the document. If your affairs are simple, the fees will be around $100 - $200. If your estate and financial affairs are complex, the cost could be several thousand dollars.
Secondly, you can contact the Public Trustee or a Private Trustee Company who will usually prepare a simple Will at a lesser cost, on condition that they are named as the executor of the estate. They may then charge a percentage of your estate's value to cover administration fees.
Finally, you can write your own Will, using the legal forms provided in a publication or web page like e-wills-online.com. In fact, when a lawyer drafts a Will, he or she usually starts with a standard form that contains the same types of clauses as found on the Will form of this web page.
As long as you follow certain formalities (see "What is a valid Will?") and your financial situation is not overly complex, there is no reason why you can't write your own Will.