Gold Coast lawyer Maria Pallagi will donate her time at the Red Cross Wills Day in Coolangatta on November 11.
Gold Coast lawyer Maria Pallagi will donate her time at the Red Cross Wills Day in Coolangatta on November 11.

Wills Day to aid Red Cross

THE Australian Red Cross has teamed up with local lawyers to help Gold Coast residents ward off unnecessary grief and fam- ily squabbles.

Southport-based trainee lawyer Maria Pallagi said she would donate her time at the Red Cross Wills Day at Coolangatta on Wednesday, November 11, where locals could make a will or ask questions about the process.

Ms Pallagi said she had worked at Quinn and Scattini Lawyers for 11 months after graduating from Bond University last year.

She said people with no will or a will not done properly could cause more grief for their family when they died.

“A lot of people buy at-home will kits because they seem easy but they are not always the best idea,” Ms Pallagi said.

“We find when it comes to the administration of the will if it has not been done properly it can be void.

“It can defeat the whole purpose of doing a will in the first place.”

Red Cross donor relations co-ordinator Kathy Smythe said the Wills Day initiative started 10 years ago when the Red Cross helped a Gold Coast family.

“The father died with no will and the family had to deal with their grief as well as the devastation of all the problems of not having a will,” Ms Smythe said.

“People do not realise that funds and assets will be frozen if no will exists.”

The cost will be $60 per person with all money raised donated to the Red Cross.

Bookings for the day are essential and can be made to Kathy on (07) 5539 7033.



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