People in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie will be able to access free information on will making and other estate planning matters at a series of community seminars being in the local area on Friday 17 August as part of Law Society of NSW Will Awareness Day 2012.
“Most people know they must provide for their spouse and any young or dependent children in their will, however many overlook the need to also make proper provision for their adult children,” Mr Dowd said.
“This can be even more complicated if people have re-partnered and have younger children or stepchildren as well.
“Parents who fail to properly provide for adult children run the serious risk of a legal challenge to their wills, which can be extremely costly and time consuming for their families,” he said.
Free Will Awareness Day community seminars being held in the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie areas will begin at 11:00am on Friday 17 August at the following venues:
Newcastle Region Library, Theatrette, 1st Floor, Laman Street, Newcastle
Adamstown RSL & Community Club, 282 Brunker Road, Adamstown
Warabrook Community Centre, 6 Angophora Drive, Warabrook
Jesmond Neighbourhood Centre, 44 Mordue Parade, Jesmond
Elermore Vale Community Centre, 129 Croudace Road, Elermore Vale
The Place Community Centre, Charlestown, Adjacent to Charlestown Square, 81/30Pearson St, Charlestown
Belmont Senior Citizens Centre, 7 Glover Street, Belmont
Toronto Library, Brighton Avenue, Toronto
Mr Dowd said seeking legal advice is important as it is essential to also have a well prepared will.
“It’s no longer just the super wealthy who have huge battles over wills,” Mr Dowd said.
“Dying without a will in place or having a badly prepared one can cause major stress and expense for those left behind, and has even been known to tear families apart.
“The best way to avoid problems is to give some thought to what you own, and who needs to be provided for, and make sure that you revise your will if circumstances change,” he said.
For further information about these community seminars and the Will Awareness Day launch events go to: www.lawsociety.com.au/willawarenessday or download the information sheet here: http://tinyurl.com/NLS-Will-Awareness-Day
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