While do-it-yourself kits and fill-in-the blank will forms abound, most people need careful, professional drafting assistance to protect their final wishes in the specific ways that they choose.Without a will, the law presumes that you will favor even the most distant blood relatives over all others, including charitable organizations and close friends.
Executing a formal will in a lawyer's office before witnesses is your best protection for your specific wishes.
DO I NEED A WILL?
The primary reason for you to make a will is to dispose of your property in a manner in keeping with your wishes, allowing you to leave your property to whomever you want, and to exclude those you don't.
In your will, you can provide for your memorial arrangements, leave special instructions for the disposal of your remains, and provide for the care of others, such as children or even pets, after your death.
Additionally, you can save time, money, and additional stress for your loved ones by waiving certain requirements for your executor. Probating a properly drafted will can be less costly for your estate than administering an estate without a will.
Finally, you have the peace of mind that you have prepared a thoughtful plan for those you love.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON'T HAVE A WILL?
Additionally, you can specify in your will your wishes for the care of any minor children you might have at the time of your death. While child custody is ultimately determined by the court, your specific wishes as stated in your will as to whom you would like to raise your children will receive great deference by a judge.
HOW DO I START THE PROCESS?