How Gender and Other Identity Factors Influence Attitudes Toward Will Making: Lessons from Australia

Bridget Crawford, Tina Cockburn, Kelly Purser, Ho Fai Chan, Stephen Whyte, Uwe Dulleck

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Abstract

This essay aims to stimulate interest in further empirical study of
attitudes toward will making by reporting the results of a 2022 survey
conducted in Australia of the general population (n=1202) and legal
professionals (n=112). We asked participants for their views about the ideal
age at which to begin the will-making process and the relative contributions
of the client and attorney to any resulting will. There was a discernible
gender-based difference in views on both questions. Women preferred to
initiate those conversations approximately six years earlier than men did and,
especially at earlier life stages, preferred less professional input into the willmaking process than men did. Income and education levels appear to have no
impact on individuals’ responses to these questions. The sample population
was sufficiently homogeneous that it is not possible to draw conclusions about
how religious background or political views may impact preferences about when the first will-making conversation should occur or the desired relative
contribution of the legal professional to the ultimate will.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-47
Number of pages21
JournalACTEC LAW JOURNAL
Volume49
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes

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