A will is a legally-binding document that lets you determine how you would like your estate to be handled upon your death. If you die without a will, there is no guarantee that your intended desires will be carried out. Having a will helps minimize any family fights about your estate that may arise, and also determines the “who, what, and when” of your estate.
Procrastination and the unwillingness to accept death as part of life are common reasons for not having a will. Sometimes the realization that wills are necessary comes too late – such as when an unexpected death or disability occurs. To avoid the added stress on families during an already emotional time, come meet with our lawyers to help you draw up a will, trust, or estate plan.
You don’t necessarily have to have a lot of money or a large estate to benefit from having a will. Everyone can benefit from having a will and at least some basic estate planning.
A will allows you to make an informed decision about who should take care of your minor children. Absent a will, the court will take it upon itself to choose among family members or a state-appointed guardian. Having a will allows you to appoint the person you want to raise your children or, better, make sure it is not someone you do not want to raise your children.
You should also consider your health care wishes in the event you become disabled or incapacitated. Our lawyers can help you draft a health care power of attorney or living will to help spare your loved ones from having to make those decisions.