Basic Definition of a Will
A will is a document in which you describe to whom you want your real estate and personal possessions to be given after you pass away.
In the will, you name the person you want to oversee this process. This person is called the executor. The executor first makes sure your debts are paid prior to giving your real estate and personal possessions to the people you designate in your will.
If you are a parent, a will gives you ability to name the person you want to care for your minor children after you are gone.
When to Consider a Will
“Everyone knows they need a will, but most people die without one. In doing so, they unwittingly bequeath to those that survive them unneeded emotional grief and unwanted family turmoil.”
You should consider a will if you want to control what happens to your real estate and personal possessions after you pass away. If you die without making a will, state law determines who gets your real estate and personal possessions, not you.
Also, you don’t choose the person who will oversee the distribution of your real estate and personal possessions. The probate court does.
Important life events, like the birth of a child, divorce, death of a loved one, or approaching retirement, often cause people to think about getting a will.
How We Can Help
A will is a very personal expression of what you want to happen to your real estate and personal possessions after you pass away. At the T.W. Stevens Law Firm we never lose sight of this fact. We listen to you and translate what you tell us into a will that is truly yours. Call us to get started!