Making Wills for Aboriginal People in NSW
Law Society Journal of NSW, Vol. 49, No. 8, September 2011
5 Pages Posted: 30 Aug 2011 Last revised: 8 Feb 2012
Date Written: August 15, 2011
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.
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