Hello. If you are going to update your Wills, then why don't you update hers to state exactly what you want to happen?
At present you may have problems if the house is in her name and is left to her children. You may be left to make a Will challenge.
We are planning to update them however finding the time has been the challenge. I have a Will kit from Aussie Legal, are these sufficient? Our affairs are not complex, just that one issue we want to be sure is set out clearly.
You can set this out very clearly in a Will - a life interest is what you are thinking about, but life interests are not completely straight forward and I don't think a Will kit is the answer for you. Blended families are rich areas for bad legal decisions being made and you should see a solicitor. I do these things for about $330, for both, so I think you should be able to find someone up there to do it at reasonable cost. You would not like to have to take legal action - which will cost many thousands of dollars - if your wife's Will was ambiguous after her death.
Thank you for giving me the term that I need to use, that will make things much easier when we get this done and thank you for an idea on what we should expect to pay!
The last thing I want is for anything to happen obviously but by the same token I don't want to be left out in the cold so to speak should the unthinkable happen.
This has potential to be a big problem - but it is an exceedingly easy problem to solve.
That's excellent news. I appreciate your advice. Now I know the potential problems I'll get us organised to update our wills sooner rather than later.
Good idea. Best of luck.
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