When is a “reading of the Will” conducted?

After watching some of your favourite American movies/TV shows, you may be left wondering when a “reading of the Will” is to be conducted following the passing of a loved one. In Australia, there is no requirement for a formal “reading of the Will.”

It is best practice for an executor to locate the original Will and to read the contents, as soon as possible following the passing of the testator, to ensure that the Deceased’s wishes are followed (such as burial/cremation wishes). It is common for law firms to hold original Wills in their safe custody. We offer this service to our clients free of charge.

If you have not been provided for in the Will of a loved one and believe you should be, we recommend that you obtain legal advice as soon as possible. The reason for this is that strict timeframes do apply, should you wish to make a family provision application.

Should you have any queries as to your role as executor or entitlement to make a claim against an Estate, we would welcome you to contact our office on (07) 3278 1888 to arrange an appointment.