The website Where There Is A Will came about as a result of a discussion
on Victoria's Gippsland Lakes in April 2007.

In a true-life scenario, relatives of a deceased family member were not able to
discover if the deceased had left a Will, and if so, when was it made and where it
was located.

The discussion was about the difference it would make to have a single, easy-to-remember
website that contained details of where and how to lodge Wills and Powers of Attorney. Having
such a resource would remove the need to notify relevant interested parties of any change in the
location of the latest Will or Power of Attorney.

To read the true-life story behind Where There Is A Will, click here.

The People Behind Where There Is A Will

The people behind Where There Is A Will are Graeme and Vivien Brattle, Michael and Julie Smits and Richard Patterson.

Here's a snapshot of who we are:

Graeme BrattleGraeme Brattle

  • 28 years in the banking industry with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
  • 10 years in the mortgage loan industry with Access Home Loans and the Victorian Police Credit Co-op.
  • Two years with the Commonwealth Government Child Support Agency.

Michael Smits

  • 14 years as a motor mechanic with the Victorian Country Fire Authority.
  • Five years driving newspaper trucks in country Victoria.
  • Seven years as owner/manager of a 67 unit BIG 4 holiday park complex at Whiters Holiday Village, Lakes Entrance, Victoria.

Richard Paterson Richard Paterson

  • Qualified and experienced teacher and child/family counsellor
  • Founder of a children's charity for kids with a dying sibling
  • 15+ years experience in professional sales and marketing, specialising in commercial/community joint ventures.
  • Current chaplain and counsellor for a Gold Coast sporting club.

Vivien Brattle

  • 33 years in administration, in various Personal Assistant roles in private industry.
  • Four years as PA to the directors of a successful financial planning, taxation and accountancy firm in Camberwell, Victoria.

Julie Smits

  • Six years as department manager at Coles Supermarket in Ballarat, country Victoria.
  • Seven years as owner/manager of a 67 unit BIG 4 holiday park complex at Whiters Village, Lakes Entrance, Victoria.