Grandmother's Will - Lawyer or Will Kit?

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Dani

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My 92 year old grandmother recently went to her lawyer to update her will. She said she wanted everything divided five-ways between her grandchildren and is upset now because she feels her lawyer "bullied" her into dividing everything two-ways between her children instead. She now wants to make a new will which gives everything evenly to her grandchildren again. Do I have to go back to a lawyer (and pay another $500 odd) to get this done, or can I just buy a Will Kit from the post office?
 

Paul Cott

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Hi Dani,

It is crucial your grandmother's wishes are recorded correctly.

So unless either the Solicitor agrees to change it according to your grandmother's wishes for free (perhaps complain to their boss) then yes it is my understanding and experience that the Will kits are fine for relatively simple estates.

Good luck Dani
 

Tim W

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Given the existing complexity, and given what looks like
the likely prospect of dispute upon her death,
I strongly advise using a solicitor.

I am not a supporter of DIY Will Kits.
 

winston wolf

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Without knowing the details it could be that the lawyers advice is sound.
If she leaves here estate to her grandchildren and her children have any need for it (ie they're no loaded) it will result is a challenge to the will.
The children would likely win and spend $80k-$150k doing so.