Making a will is one of the most lasting forms of self-determination. It enables you to leave specific instructions to provide for the transfer of your assets and the care of your young children in the event of your death. Although it can be difficult to contemplate, careful estate planning is a priceless gift to your loved ones. If you die without having made a will (intestate), decisions about your assets and children will be made by a state court.
Your will must:
- Direct how you want your assets to be divided;
- Name an executor, the person who will make sure your assets are divided according to the will, and
- Name a guardian if you have young children when you die.
If you already know how you would like to handle your estate affairs, we can translate your wishes into the language of a legal will. Or we can help you assess your situation and develop a plan that meets the needs of your loved ones.
A will can work for you and your family to accomplish a number of things:
- provide for a partner or spouse;
- make sure that the needs of your children and grandchildren are met;
- make known your wishes with respect to burial, cremation, funerals, or memorials, and designate a person to handle these or other affairs;
- set aside funds for a loved one who has special needs;
- support your favorite charity;
- minimize taxes;
- name a guardian for your young children;
- protect your family’s privacy.
We can answer your questions, suggest solutions, and make sure that your wishes are set forth in a legal, enforceable last will & testament.