It's easy to create a will at PublicTrustOnline.co.nz with online expert support 7 days a week on live chat or 0800 279 792. Simply start your will and the tier will automatically update based on your answers.
Dying without a will is called dying intestate. If you die without a will, your estate will be distributed according to the law (the Administration Act 1969), not according to your wishes. The rules of the Act vary depending on whether you’re survived by a spouse or partner, have children or your parents are still alive.
The law could determine that:
If there is a spouse or partner, but no parents or children: The spouse receives the entire estate.
If there is a spouse or partner and children: Dependent on the value of your estate, some will pass to your spouse, but some will also go to your children.
The people you care about most may not be looked after, and it could take a long time and cost a lot of money to resolve matters. This could cause extra distress for your loved ones, during their time of grief.
The way in which you divide your estate is totally up to you, keeping in mind that you may have certain obligations to provide for your partner and dependents. If you need guidance, check out our resources here.
Our online platform allows you to create your will from the comfort of your own home. This means you can go at your own pace, look up information as you need it, and talk with your loved ones throughout the process. If you need any assistance, our customer support team is just a phone call or online chat away to answer any questions and provide guidance or technical assistance.
The cost of writing a will depends on the complexity of your situation. Not to worry though – at Public Trust, we have affordable options for all situations, view our pricing breakdown here.
We recommend reviewing your will every 3-5 years, or when your circumstances change (for example, there's a new family member, or you've bought a new house) to see if your will still reflects your wishes.
If you need to update your will, you shouldn't try to change your will by altering the one you've already made – this might make it invalid. It’s easy to update it with Public Trust, either by doing it yourself online, or a Public Trust expert can do it for you. We will include a clause to state that all previous versions of your Will are cancelled.