Aboriginal Wills Handbook

This book is the product of a research project carried out by Professor Prue Vines under the auspices of the Indigenous Law Centre of the University of New South Wales and the NSW Trustee and Guardian. It is intended to assist Aboriginal people in New South Wales who wish to make a Will which is culturally appropriate for them.

The ‘Aboriginal Wills Handbook’ recognises that in many cases the law of intestacy is not culturally appropriate for Aboriginal people and that those who draft Wills for Aboriginal people are often not sure how to make a culturally appropriate Will. The advantage of a Will for Aboriginal people is that it is more likely to reflect their wishes and their cultural position than intestacy laws which apply if no Will is made.

Although this book focuses on the situation in New South Wales, it is relevant and useful for Indigenous people elsewhere in Australia.