What’s In a Will?

Estate planning can be a very difficult time in a persons’ life. There is a lot to consider and account for. Relying on an experienced estate attorney like Thomas Yardley to answer all the hard questions is one of the best things you can do to ensure you are drafting your will correctly, so it is interpreted and executed the way you intended. Here are a few things that you’ll want to consider when writing your will.

1)   The first thing you should think of are beneficiaries, the people you’d like to inherit your assets. Compile a list of siblings, children, spouses and charities that you’d like to receive anything you’re leaving behind.

2)   Specifically designate who gets what (and who doesn’t get anything), down to the china in the cabinet. Death can be a very quarrelsome time for some families. Being specific about your wishes can alleviate tension and ensure that the whole process goes over smoothly.

3)   Choosing a guardian for adolescent children is always an important step in will writing. It’s best to ask the potential guardian if they’re up for the challenge because they can refuse, and the court will choose another guardian.

4)   The final piece to writing a will is finding witnesses to sign it. If you enlist the help of a lawyer, this will be no problem.  They have to be 18 and should be people who will be around after you are not. It’s also very important to have an attorney to ensure that you’re signing everything where they should be.

When you’re writing your will, make sure that you’ve covered all your bases. This is a very important step in ensuring that everything you worked so hard for in your life is taken care of the way you want it to be. Call Yardley Law if you need help getting started on your will. Our experienced team will make sure your needs are met, and that you understand everything that you’re putting in writing.


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