Will it Your Way – Encouraging young Australians to make a will

24 Sep 2018


  • Wills & Estates

How can we convince young Australians that they should make a legally binding will as soon as they turn 18? Tragedy struck Kay Catanzariti’s family when Kay’s son, Ben, was killed in a workplace incident at the age of 21. It’s her strong belief that a legal will can ease the grief and heartache at a time of extreme hardship.

Kay started Will it Your Way to save other families from the experience her family endured because Ben didn’t have a will. This charity aims to educate young people and set them on the right path to ensure a responsible and fulfilling future.

As our Director of Wills & Estates, Tanya Herbertson, explains, we’ve joined with Will it Your Way because we’re keen for young people in the ACT to have a valid will in place.

Everyone should have a will

A legally effective will ensures that, when you die, your estate will be distributed in the way you want. It means that your estate can go to the people you most care about. Most young people think they’re too young to need a will, but this isn’t true. Every adult should have a will.

Wording matters

It is important to word your will carefully. Did you know that a poorly worded will could mean your estate won’t be distributed exactly according to your wishes. This can put unnecessary pressure on your family and may lead to unpleasantness, serious dispute or even litigation. If your will isn’t valid, your estate will be distributed according to a formula determined by the government. This may result in family members who have little or no relationship with you receiving a share of your estate.

Our partnership with Will it Your Way

If you’re between 18 and 25 years old, and mention Will It Your Way when you come to see us, you can receive a discount of 10% on completing a will.  We’ll talk to you in plain English and keep things as straightforward as possible.  You can find our offices in both Deakin and Gungahlin or call us on 02 6285 8000 for an appointment.

Keeping up to date

We will contact our Will it Your Way clients at 21 and 25 years of age to check if we can help you update your will. But do contact us before those dates if, for example, you move in with your defacto, buy a house, get married or have a child. We can talk to you about all the different times in your life when you should update your will when we meet with you initially.

What is the worst that can happen?

So you’re not convinced? Kay is quite public about how disruptive  it was for her family because Ben didn’t have  a will in place when he tragically died. As Kay says, ‘Don’t leave your final wishes in the hands of technicalities. It creates heartache and distress and can be avoided simply.’ On the flip side, ‘When there is a will, it’s your way – simple as that!’

How can Snedden Hall & Gallop assist you?

Tanya Herbertson and the Wills & Estate team have expertise in all aspects of estate planning and can help you ensure your final wishes are respected. We can work with you to create a will and update it as your circumstances change. Our affiliation with Will it Your Way means that you’ll get a discount on your will. And, more importantly, you’ll have a voice. Please contact us by phone on (02) 6285 8000 or by email.

For more information about Will it Your Way here.