Making a Will

Access information here on what's involved in the administration of a deceased's estate.

Have you made a will?

It is very important to make a will and even more so when you own property and have people who are dependent on you. While you don’t need a solicitor, it is generally recommended that you obtain legal advice to make a will.

If you don't make a will

  • If you are married, the law provides that your spouse is entitled to your entire estate if there are no children.
  • If you leave a spouse and children, your spouse gets two-thirds and one-third goes to your children.
  • If you have children but no spouse, your entire estate goes to your children.
  • If a child of yours dies before you, leaving children, then those children take their parent’s share.
  • If you do not have a spouse or children, your parents are entitled to your entire estate.
  • If both parents are deceased, then your estate is divided between your brothers and sisters. If any brother or sister dies before you and leaves children, then those children (nieces and nephews) take their parents share.

For more information about the process in making a will, view the Making a Will guide.

Administration of an estate

When a person dies, everything he/she owned except assets where ownership ceases on death or passes automatically is referred to as the deceased’s estate. Find out more about what's involved in the administration of estates.