Department of the Attorney General

Department of the Attorney General
Law Compass

Getting your affairs in order

It is important that you plan what you would like to happen if you were unable to make decisions for yourself or if you passed away unexpectedly. By preparing for these unexpected events you can reduce the burden on your family and be assured that your wishes will be carried out.

Making a will

Making a will is important because it will ensure that your wishes are carried out after your death. The Public Trustee offers a will drafting service to the WA community. The Public Trustee writes wills that appoint the Public Trustee as executor, and also wills appointing a private executor, such as a family member or friend.

Pre-planning a funeral

By pre-planning your funeral you provide clear directions for bereaved family members and relieve the burden of decision-making and payment at a time of distress.

Enduring power of guardianship

An enduring guardian is someone you have chosen to make personal, lifestyle and treatment decisions on your behalf in the event of you not being able to do it yourself.

Getting copies of certificates

You should keep a copy of your birth, marriage or divorce certificate with your personal papers so that they are easily accessible by your next of kin or emergency contact.

Justices of the peace

A justice of the peace can witness documents such as wills and certify copies of birth, death and marriage certificates.

Enduring power of attorney

An attorney is someone you have chosen to manage your financial and legal affairs in the event of you not being able to do it yourself.

Planning for medical treatment

By making an Advance Health Directive you can specify what health care, medical, surgical and dental treatment you are willing or not willing to receive. This legally-recognised document speaks for you if you lose the capacity to make such decisions.

Becoming an organ donor

You may want to consider registering for organ or tissue donation in the event of your death. One organ or tissue donor may save or enhance the lives of up to 30 people.