Wills

Our Will making service is free for all Queenslanders

Request an appointment at a location near you. 

 

What is a Will?

A Will is a legal document that outlines how you would like your assets (estate) distributed when you die and names who you would like to administer your estate. It also gives you the opportunity to:

  • name guardians for your children
  • establish a trust to provide for children or a person with a disability
  • ensure assets are preserved
  • express your wishes about your funeral arrangements
  • give money to charity or philanthropic organisations such as the Queensland Community Foundation

What if I die without a valid Will?

If you die without a Will, the Succession Act 1981 sets out the rules for distributing your assets. 

This may mean:

  • Your estate isn’t distributed as you would wish, and you haven't made clear provisions for your loved ones.
  • You place an extra burden on your loved ones at a time of stress, grief and loss.
  • It may cost more and take longer to finalise your estate.

Find out more about what happens if you die without a Will.

When should I make or update a Will?

Everyone over 18 should make a Will, regardless of what you own.

You should think about updating your Will when:

  • you get married or enter into a civil partnership or de facto relationship—particularly if there are children from previous relationships
  • you separate, divorce or end a civil partnership or de facto relationship
  • children or grandchildren are born
  • your executor or a beneficiary dies
  • your financial circumstances significantly change. 

Your Will is invalid if you get married or enter a civil partnership.

Your Will is affected if you separate, divorce or end a civil partnership or de facto relationship.

Make sure you update your Will when your circumstances change.

Benefits of making your Will with the Public Trustee

  • We're the largest Will making service in Queensland.
  • We're experienced and have been serving Queensland since 1916.
  • We provide free and safe document storage.
  • We have regional offices conveniently located across Queensland.
  • We have a network of offices, and outreach services that can assist you on our behalf.
  • It's free!

Where can I make a Will with the Public Trustee?

We have 15 offices around Queensland.

If you don’t live near one of our offices, you may be able to make a Will at one of our ‘outreach services’ around the state. (These are available at certain times at certain courthouses, QGAP offices and Centrelink offices—see the full list of outreach services and times of availability.) 

Request an appointment online or call 1300 360 044 for more information.

What do I bring to my Will appointment?

You must bring current identification, such as a driver’s licence or passport.

And, if possible:

  • details of your assets such as addresses of property, bank account details or shares held.
  • names and addresses (if known) of your beneficiaries. 

 

Request a Will or enduring power of attorney appointment today.

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Last published: 15/07/2019 1:03:16 AM