Wills and Probate Law
Wills and Probate
A will that will be effective and serve the purposes that you have in mind when the time comes, must be carefully created. Wills and probate laws can be a bit intimidating, but they don’t have to be. It doesn’t have to be as complicated as you see on TV. However, if you have substantial assets or special situations then you may want to have it professionally prepared using an attorney who understands the tedious laws of wills and probate.
If you’re like the average person, it’s very likely that you can prepare your will yourself. Of course, after you’ve carefully determined what you want your will to include, it’s smart to have an attorney review it for you. That way, you can have peace of mind knowing that wills will be carried out appropriately without confusion or technical glitches. Don’t worry; you’ll see that it isn’t as difficult to create your will as you may think it is.
Your will doesn’t have to be a long, detailed, itemized list of every single thing you own. If you make a mistake, you are able to change it at any time you want. Your will isn’t recorded until after your death, so you don’t have to fear what others think of it or their disapproval of it. You’ll have to have someone witness the will, and you can very well use someone who is not involved in any way to avoid any harassment or challenges to the will. There are many places you can utilize for free on the internet that will guide you to coming up with the draft for your final will.
When it comes time for the will to be used, after you’re deceased, the will enters probation. This is when the legal system will ensure that the will is genuine. The surrogate in your residence county will do this. An executor or personal representative will be appointed when they take the will, death certificate, and witness to the surrogate court.
Wills and probate have to adhere to strict guidelines that are already in place. All you need to do is follow a free guide (found in libraries and across the internet) to ensure you cover your bases. Basically you’re just putting your wishes down on paper. When you talk to the attorney of your choice who is experienced in wills and probate, they will ensure everything is in order.