There are currently intermittent issues with the display of images on the old catalogue and Library website. We are working to resolve the issue and apologise for any inconvenience. Please search the new catalogue. 

Rest assured: a legal guide to wills, estates, planning ahead and funerals in NSW

Rest assured: a legal guide to wills, estates, planning ahead and funerals in NSW

White flower on light blue background

by Rosemary Long and Trudy Coffey
6th edition, Legal Information Access Centre, State Library of NSW, 2019

What should you consider when writing a will? Who can you appoint as an enduring guardian? How do you arrange a funeral?

So often, the first time we think about wills, estates and funerals is when we are dealing with the death of a loved one. This easy-to-read guide provides practical information on the many issues that arise.

Copies of this book are also freely available in the Find Legal Answers Tool Kit at your local public library.



Chapter eleven

Enduring guardianship

What can an enduring guardian do - appointing an enduring guardian - revoking and resigning appointments.

Chapter twelve

Health decisions

Advance care directives - withdrawing or withholding medical treatment - organ donation - scientific research - euthanasia.

Chapter thirteen

Funeral funds and insurance

Funeral insurance - contributory and pre-paid funerals - fund cancellation and refund - funeral funds before 1979.

Chapter fourteen


When someone dies - next of kin - deaths at home - deaths in hospitals and institutions - obtaining a death certificate.

Chapter fifteen

Post-mortem examinations and coroners cases

Post-mortem examinations - coroner's cases - coroner's inquests - Coroners Court


Rest assured: a legal guide to wills, estates, planning ahead & funerals in NSW, 6th edition, by Rosemary Long and Trudy Coffey. Published by the Legal Information Access Centre (LIAC), State Library of New South Wales, 2019.

The laws contained here are those that apply in New South Wales as at 30 June 2019. While every effort has been made to ensure the information is up-to-date and accurate, it is not a substitute for legal advice. Use this book as a guide only and wherever possible get legal advice for your particular problem.

© Library Council of New South Wales, 2019. Material contained herein may be copied for the non-commercial purpose of study or research subject to the provisions of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth).