‘A Will is a document in which a person specifies the method to be applied in the management and distribution of their estate after their death.’

A Will is a legal instrument that permits a person, the testator, to make decisions on how his/her estate will be managed and distributed after their death.  If a person does not leave a Will, or the Will is declared invalid, the person will have died intestate, resulting in the distribution of the estate according to state laws in which the person resided.  A Will serves a variety of important purposes including:

  • Designating beneficiaries of one’s estate.
  • Choosing a Personal Representative to administer or manage the estate after one’s passing.
  • Selecting who will be the legal guardian(s) for any minor children.

It is important to note that simply having a Will does NOT always avoid probate.  Thus, it is important to speak with an attorney so that you can properly plan your estate.

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