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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

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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 six

Procedure on death if there is a will

Executor's role - probate - obtaining a death certificate - ascertaining assets and liabilities - application for probate - executor not able to act.

Chapter seven

Procedure on death if there is no will

Intestacy - Letters of Administration - who can inherit - Indigenous persons' estates.

Chapter eight

Contesting a will

Who can view the will - is the will valid - undue influence - interpreting wills - family provision orders

Chapter nine

After the Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration

Advertising after the grant - rights of beneficiaries - payment of executors - trustees - collecting assets and clearing debts - release of assets from financial institutions - legal actions and the deceased - taxation - superannuation - legal fees.

Chapter ten

Power of attorney

Power of attorney - Powers of Attorney Act 2003 - witnesses.


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).