Public Trust provides a wide range of services designed to support you and your whanau by providing security and peace of mind. Whether you're starting out, starting again, or winding down, our specialist experts are here to help throughout every stage of life.
We are New Zealand's largest provider of wills, Enduring Posers of Attorney, and estate administration services. We're run by Kiwis for Kiwis and have been helping people like you build and protect their legacies since 1873.
Your life. Your legacy.
Take a moment to think about how far you've come. The friends that are now family. The house that's become a home. Maybe even the sports club you've supported since day one. These are the things in life that truly matter. This is your legacy, and Public Trust empower New Zealanders, like you, to protect it.
If it's important to you say it in a will
You've built a life around the things and people that matter most. Here's your opportunity to preserve your legacy and share it with those who will pick up where you left off.
A will is a legal document that is uniquely yours, it sets out your wishes, it names a person (executor) who will carry out your wishes and it gives specific directions on;
Anything you own that holds value. It doesn't need to be much. In fact, if you have $15,000 or more in cash, KiwiSaver, property, shares or investments, you should a will.
Friends and family
Who you might want to provide for and might step up and take over caring for your kids and pets if needed.
What have you kept safe all these years that needs someone else to hold onto? This could be a vinyl collection, jewellery, or maybe even a wedding dress.
Any charities or organisations you may want to leave money or gift to.
Have you considered what your wishes are following your death? Take the stress out of big decisions by including these in your will. You might even have a few special requests for a memorable funeral.
Even if you already have a will, it's a good idea to keep it updated when life changes. You might have moved house, received an inheritance, or entered into a new relationship. It's about ensuring your legacy is true to you and what you hold dear.
Writing a will with Public Trust
1. Have a think
What assets or special requests do you have for your friends and family?
2. Write your will
Make an appointment with one of our experts who will guide you through the entire process. Otherwise, it's quick and easy to write your will yourself online with Public Trust.
3. Review and approval
If you visit us in person, we'll prepare and check your will before it's sent to you for approval before signing your will.
4. Signed and stored
Your will needs to be signed and witnessed by two people who are over 18 and not beneficiaries.It then needs to be stored until needed by your loved ones.
5. Have things changed?
When life changes, make sure your will does too. We recommend updating your will every 3-5 years.
When the time comes, we'll have your will ready for your family. If you like, we'll be there every step of the way to work as, or with, your executor.
How to create a will online with Public Trust
Easy & Fast
Make a will from the comfort of your couch in as little as 20 minutes.
Built for your circumstances
Basic, standard, and comprehensive options are available.
Secure and accessible
Our online platform is available 24/7, with local support via live chat or phone.
Create an Enduring Power of Attorney or statement of wishes in your own time, online.
Disclaimer: Please note that the content provided in this article is intended as an overview and as general information only. While care is taken to ensure accuracy and reliability, the information provided is subject to continuous change and may not reflect current developments or address your situation. Before making any decisions based on the information provided in this article, please use your discretion and seek independent guidance.