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Slater and Gordon has joined forces with the new online self help service, WrappingUp.com, to provide estate and wills advice to people who are dealing with the affairs of recently deceased family or friends.
WrappingUp.com, which launched its website last week, provides advice to people who are planning their own estate or finalising affairs of someone who has recently died.
Mr Rod Cunich, Slater and Gordon wills and estates legal expert, said that the property of almost half the nation's adult population is not protected by a will.
“This leaves many families with avoidable complications, stress, uncertainty and extra costs in dealing with a loved one’s estate at a time when they are grieving and emotionally fragile,” Mr Cunich said.
“Having an up to date will is not just about ensuring your estate is divided as you intend but it is also about making your passing a little bit easier for loved ones.”
As part of the partnership with WrappingUp.com, Slater and Gordon will provide estate and wills advice and other legal information and services to WrappingUp.com members.
Slater and Gordon will also work with WrappingUp.com to research the concerns of people dealing with bereavement so that better services can be developed.
According to recent research undertaken by Slater and Gordon, almost half of the adult Australian population does not have a will, and almost two-thirds of those know they should have one but have done nothing about it.
Mr Cunich said this can also result in a huge additional financial burden for families and that merely having a will isn’t sufficient, every will needs to be kept current and properly prepared.
“The facts are that of the 2,000 or so wills that were contested last year across Australia, about 1,300 went on to be heard in court. And, depending on the complexity of the case and the level of emotions driving the dispute, costs can escalate to well over $50,000 to have a will resolved.
“The clear message for everyone is to have a valid will that makes very clear how you wish your estate to be distributed amongst family and friends following your death. Don’t let your legacy be the fact that you messed up your estate and caused family disharmony as a result”.