Making Wills for Aboriginal People in NSW

Law Society Journal of NSW, Vol. 49, No. 8, September 2011

UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2011-31

5 Pages Posted: 30 Aug 2011 Last revised: 8 Feb 2012

See all articles by Prue E. Vines

Prue E. Vines

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Date Written: August 15, 2011

Abstract

Aboriginal people in NSW have even more need to make wills than non-Aboriginal people. A burgeoning middle class continues to have traditional family and customary law obligations, while taking on mainstream property and obligations. The standard intestacy regime is inappropriate including because it uses an inappropriate idea of family and the high rate of burial disputes involving Aboriginal people means the role of executor is even more important than usual. A will can also be used to protect certain aspects of customary law. The article considers the issues arising in drafting the most culturally appropriate and effective wills.

Suggested Citation

Vines, Prue E., Making Wills for Aboriginal People in NSW (August 15, 2011). Law Society Journal of NSW, Vol. 49, No. 8, September 2011; UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2011-31. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1919416

Prue E. Vines (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales (UNSW) ( email )

Kensington
High St
Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

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