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National law firm Slater and Gordon will be offering free standard online wills to mark National Law Week 2013, starting this Monday May 13.
It is the third year the firm has offered the service for free during National Law Week, saving participants around $199 each.
Slater and Gordon’s succession planning expert Rod Cunich said last year more than 7600 Australians from across the country went online to start a will or an estate planning self-assessment.
“According to research around 47 per cent of Australian do not have a valid will,” Mr Cunich said.
“That means there is potentially billions of dollars in personal wealth and assets facing an uncertain future because the necessary planning has not been done.
“With the ageing of the asset-rich baby boomer generation we are starting to see a massive transfer of wealth that needs to be properly planned and managed.
“An inheritance, even a small one, can make an enormous difference to a person’s life, so it makes sense to have a say in whose.
“Proper planning and thoughtful preparation can prevent family disputes over inheritances and can make the process much less fraught for all involved.
“Our online will is simple to complete, convenient and this week it is free - so there is no reason to delay getting your affairs in order.
“To complete the service, you first need to complete a free estate planning self-assessment as a safety precaution.
“If your needs cannot be met by a standard will, it will explain why and provide guidance on the issues you need to address.”
National Law Week runs from May 13 to 19. To access the service visit www.slatergordon.com.au and click the ‘online will’ link.