Free public event: Wills and Bequests seminar

It’s incredible to think that over half of all adult Australians don’t have a valid Will, yet most of us have firm ideas about what we’d like to happen with our assets when we’re no longer here.

To help start the conversation and take the mystery out of Wills and Bequests the Queensland Library Foundation is partnering with de Groots wills and estate lawyers to host a free public information seminar at State Library of Queensland on Thursday, August 18.

Presented by Special Counsel Dr John de Groot, this seminar will cover the different ways of making a Will, the costs involved, what you need to consider and bring along to meetings and how to leave a legacy. There will also be time at the end of the session for questions.

A Will is a legal document that details how you would like your estate distributed and nominates the person who will be responsible for that distribution when you die. If you die without a Will you risk your estate not being distributed in the way you wish which can lead to family conflict, an extra burden at a time of grief and stress, and additional expense to finalise your estate.

The seminar will also look at Bequests and how your legacy can continue to achieve great things long after you’re gone.

“As a community it’s important we have these conversations and discuss the inevitable,” said Dr de Groot, a long-time supporter of State Library of Queensland and donor to the Queensland Library Foundation. “It’s good to be organised and a Will can be as simple or complex as you like. By being informed and making a conscious decision about your assets, you can not only benefit your loved ones, but the broader community for many years.”

State Librarian and CEO, Mrs Sonia Cooper said, “I’m thrilled we’re able to offer this event through the work of Queensland Library Foundation at no cost to the public. Making these types of events freely available is important so anyone from the community can have their questions answered”.

“The Queensland Library Foundation raises funds to maintain, enhance and expand the Library’s collections, facilities and services on behalf of State Library of Queensland,” said Mrs Cooper.

“Donations to Queensland Library Foundation help connect people to information and the Wills and Bequests seminar is one of these services. Making a Will is a very personal process but can be relatively simple with the right advice.”

For more information about the free public Wills and Bequests seminar, contact

Media contact:
Kate Allen |

Event:  Wills and bequests public information seminar
Date:   Thursday, August 18
Time:   2.30pm to 3.30pm
Venue: Auditorium 2, Level 2 - State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Brisbane
Cost:  Free – bookings required at

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