What is a will?

Your will is often your last message to your loved ones. It is a legal document that is unique to you and can help make sure your assets, the people and things you love are taken care of after you’re gone.

It also specifies who is responsible for carrying out your final wishes; this person is known as the executor of your will.

Why do I need a will?

No matter how straightforward your circumstances, having a current will makes sure everyone understands what you’d like done with your estate. Your estate is everything you own and any debts you owe when you die.

If you die without a will your loved ones may face difficulty sorting out your wishes and what happens may not be what you would want or expect.

Without a will the law determines how your assets are divided and what happens to the people who depend on you.

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Who should have a will?

Every adult should have a will.

How should I divide my estate?

What sort of things do you need to think about when considering how to divide your estate? What’s the best approach? Our "Deciding how to divide" video explains what you need to think about.

When should I update my will?

It's really important to review your will regularly, especially after any significant events or changes in your life like welcoming a new baby, ending or starting a relationship and buying or selling a home or business.

How do I get a Public Trust will?

We are New Zealand's most experienced wills provider. Our specialist experts make writing your will easy, we explain everything so you understand the process every step of the way. We listen to what's important to you and tailor your will specifically to your needs.

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We’ll send you everything you need to tell us, think about, and discuss with loved ones before your appointment.
Completing your preparation will take 20-25 minutes.

Take a look at our things to think about before making your will.

How much does a will cost?

Our charges vary depending on the services you need. For full details please see our pricing.

What's the process after you're gone?

After you’re gone, a process begins to settle your estate as set out in your will. Managing this process is an executor – the person or organisation you name to act on your behalf. Some of tasks include assisting with funeral arrangements, notifying beneficiaries in the will, confirming and distributing assets, paying debts and closing accounts.

If you do choose us as your executor, your loved ones will find we’re a provider that makes the administration fees clear upfront, based on the work we do and not a percentage of the estate.

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Whether you’re writing a new will, updating an old will or would just like to find out more, our specialist experts are here to help.

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