Hon Christian Porter BA(Hons) BEc LLB(UWA) MSc(Dist)(LSE) MLA

Hon Christian Porter BA(Hons) BEc LLB(UWA) MSc(Dist)(LSE) MLA

Former Treasurer; Attorney General

    When there’s a will….keep it safe in the WA Will Bank

    3/07/2009 12:00 AM

    Western Australians can now safeguard their wills by storing them free of charge in the Public Trustee’s new WA Will Bank, Attorney General Christian Porter announced today.


    Mr Porter said the service would not only make sure a person’s wishes were carried out after they passed away, but would also help families to more readily locate their loved ones’ wills.


    “The Public Trustee receives more than 20 calls a week from distressed community members who either don’t know whether their deceased loved one had a will, or who know they did have a will but can’t find it,” he said.


    “The WA Will Bank is a single, convenient place people can think of when looking for a will, and as a statutory authority of Government, it’s one that will be about for the long term.”


    Public Trustee John Skinner said the WA Will Bank would store Western Australian wills in a purpose-built vault, keeping them safe from loss, theft or damage.


    Mr Skinner said the new service would help prevent the situation where a person was deemed to have died intestate (or without a will), resulting in the law deciding how their estate was divided and who their beneficiaries were.


    “An up-to-date will allows you to provide for your loved ones and to ensure that your affairs are properly managed, but unfortunately only 49 per cent of Western Australians over 30 have an up-to-date will,” he said.


    “By creating a will and keeping it in a safe place that your loved ones will remember, you can rest assured that your estate will be distributed as you wished.


    “It makes sense to have a central and safe location to store this important document.  As the Public Trustee already holds more than 100,000 wills, it is the logical choice to provide this valuable community service for all Western Australians.”


    To store your will in the WA Will Bank, take your will and two types of identification to the Public Trustee at 565 Hay Street, Perth and fill out a lodgement form.


    The Will Bank service is free for people who lodge their own wills, although people lodging wills on behalf of others will be charged $195.


    Minister's office - 9222 5050