Families and generational asset transfers: making and challenging wills in contemporary Australia. (2011–2016)
Making a will is a common form of intergenerational asset transfer. Yet many people die without valid wills,
and many wills that are written are later contested. This project in partnership with Public Trustees across Australia addresses the lack of systematic national data on which sectors of the populations do and do not make a will and why. This topic is timely given the current policy emphasis on planning for later life and given changes in longevity, family types, cultural diversity and the extent and nature of assets held. The project aims to assist in developing services and information strategies to reduce the number of people who die
without a will and reduce the number of wills that are contested.