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.