A “will” is a legal document detailing how you want your assets distributed upon death. If you die without a will, called “dying intestate,” state statutes determine the distribution of assets to your family. You must be competent to make a will, and you may make changes as long as you remain competent.

State law requires certain formal procedures for most wills, and only a competent attorney can insure that your state’s laws and procedures were properly addressed in your will.

Before you prepare a will, take some time to review your assets, debts, family circumstances, and identify any special desires you might have for specific persons, items, or monies. For example:

  • Who will be the beneficiaries of your assets?
  • How will your assets be divided?
  • Is any beneficiary unable to handle money carefully?
  • Does any family member have special needs?
  • Are charitable gifts a consideration?
  • Who will be named “executor” of the estate? Who could be a successor if the executor is unable to perform the duties?
  • Who will be the guardian of my minor children or dependent adult children?

Your attorney will help you consider all of these issues, and more. Together you will draft a will that meets the specific needs of you and your family.