May 31, 2009

Many families are now trying to gather themselves after their loss from the fires on Black Saturday.  Some have contacted solicitors to enquire about their Will: what can they do if they have lost their original Will in the fire?; what can they do if someone died and the original Will was destroyed?

The Probate office through the Supreme Court website has made available a ‘Bushfire Information Kit’ that attempts to answer many questions such as those above.  They also have a contact line: Ms Raelene Smith (03) 9603 9286 or Ms Rose Gontran (03) 9603 9284.

These recent experiences highlight the advantage of having solicitor made Wills rather than kit made Wills: original Wills or even copies made through solicitors can be resurrected and used for the purposes of probate applications and can mean that a matter not drag on for too long or drain the Estate of its funds.

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