A will is a legal document by which a person is able to express how he/she wishes to distribute his or her property after death, and also designate the names of those who will own the estate. If you don’t have a will in place, your friends and family members may have a difficult time sorting out your affairs upon your passing, and they might not get the things you wish for them to keep. Having a will gives you the authority to decide exactly what happens to your possessions and who gets them. Having a will allows for a smooth transition of your assets/belongings to the next rightful owner of those possessions.
How to Get a Will
First, it’s important to create a list of your possessions and debts. Make sure that the attorney you’re working with knows your state’s laws and has extensive experience writing wills successfully. With the help of an expert, you can ensure that all of the necessary components are included and that the document will hold up in court down the line.
What Happens If I Don’t Have a Will?
If you do not have a will, the probate court will determine how your assets will be distributed. The court distributes your assets using a formula that often divides your belongings in half, giving one half to your children and the other to your spouse. Too often, this has negative consequences. For example, the surviving spouse may have to sell the family home and other property to make ends meet.
Once You Have a Will
Creating a will is a two-step process. The first step is compiling all your assets, and the second is working with an attorney you trust to detail your wishes in a legally-binding document. Once your will is in the hands of your attorney, he will make sure that everything is taken care of when such document becomes effective.
If you have questions about your will, contact a Miami probate attorney at Graham Legal. Our attorneys are highly experienced and qualified in will writing and will make sure there is a smooth transition of all your assets to the next rightful owner.