WAM key features and FAQs

The following Wills & Probate practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • WAM key features and FAQs
  • Key features of the Will and attorney maker
  • WAM Frequently Asked Questions
  • Why a ‘Will-based’ rather than a ‘make-your-own Will’ approach to the WAM?
  • Why do the testator’s details come up as an option when dealing with the appointment of executors? This also happens when selecting a beneficiary in some instances
  • What is the rationale behind selecting the six Wills that have been included?
  • I need to use other clauses in the Will I am drafting. How can I do this?
  • When you press ‘tab’ to enter names and address, why does the cursor move to the side and not down?
  • Frequently Asked Smart Document Questions
  • How do I access Lexis®Smart Precedents?
  • More...

WAM key features and FAQs

Key features of the Will and attorney maker

The Will and attorney maker (WAM) is a Will-based product (as opposed to a ‘clause-based’ or ‘build-your-own Will’ product) and is designed to automate the following six Wills:

  1. (1) to spouse absolutely, then to children absolutely

  2. (2) fully discretionary

  3. (3) to spouse on flexible life interest trust, remainder to children absolutely

  4. (4) to spouse absolutely, then on discretionary trust

  5. (5) nil rate band legacy on discretionary trust, residue to spouse on flexible life interest trust, remainder to own children absolutely

  6. (6) legacy of business property on discretionary trust, residue to spouse absolutely, then to children absolutely

The WAM works best where you need to create a Will following one of the above structures. For a Will based on a different structure, we recommend you use one of our Lexis®PSL standard Will precedents. These can be found in the Precedents section of the subtopic Will drafting in the Wills topic.

Whichever type of Will you wish to create, you are always free to cut and paste clauses from our Lexis®PSL clause bank into the first draft of the Will produced by the WAM once you have downloaded it into Word. These clauses can be found in the Precedents section of the subtopic Will drafting in the Wills topic.

The WAM links out (available as you complete each

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