How do I make a will?

This page provides a plain-English overview of the legal processes involved in planning ahead, as well as links to local information. To get advice about your individual circumstances it is recommended that you consult with one of the agencies referred to below or a legal practitioner.

How do I make a Will?

  • The legal basis and general nature of Wills is the same across Australia.
  • While you can make your own Will with a Will Kit from a newsagent or the Internet, it is recommended that you get legal advice when making a Will.
  • This is done through a private solicitor or trustee company, a community legal centre or from a government service - NSW Trustee & Guardian.
  • There will normally be some fee associated with making a Will and it is best to find out about this before you start the process.

Links to local resources

To view information about making a Will on the NSW Planning Ahead Tools website, click here.

To download a brochure about making a Will from Legal Aid NSW, click here.

NSW Trustee & Guardian can be contacted here or by calling 1300 364 103.

Step 2: Legally appointing someone to make financial decisions