Wills, estates and planning ahead

How do you make a valid will, and what happens if you don't leave a will? What does an executor do? And how can you ensure your wishes are followed if you become incapacitated?


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NSW government information and videos on wills, power of attorney, enduring guardianship and advanced care directives.


Find frequently asked questions about probate, probate forms, application fact sheets and information about online probate notices, from the Supreme Court of NSW.

The Public Guardian promotes the rights and interests of people with disabilities. Find information about guardianship, planning ahead and capacity.

Information from NSW Fair Trading about where to start and the steps to take when arranging a funeral, including using funeral directors and contributory and pre-paid funerals.

Find the the booklets Aboriginal wills handbook and Taking care of business, which deal with making culturally appropriate wills, powers of attorney, and enduring guardianship for Aboriginal people.

This book deals comprehensively with the issue of capacity and the common law and statute law in Australia over a wide range of the situations in which questions of capacity arise.

A guide to assessing a person's capacity to make legal, medical, financial and personal decisions.

Looking for more? The State Library has a wealth of legal information in its collections. Try searching our various resources to find more.

Legislation and case law

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Federal Register of Legislation

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