A Last Will and Testament, commonly referred to as a “last will” or “will”, is a legal declaration by which a person, known as the “testator”, names one or more persons to manage his estate, provides their wishes for the distribution of property and asset of their estate, and any other conditions specifically addressed in the event of their death.
A Last Will and Testament is an extremely important tool in ensuring your family and loved ones have been given proper direction in carrying out your wishes after you are gone, as well as allowing your family and loved ones to grieve without the additional burden of wondering what will happen to the estate and how they will manage in the event you are no longer here.
While a last will and testament may be drafted as detailed as the one drafting it chooses, the more specific and detailed the drafter of the will makes it may be the difference in your estate going through the probate process smoothly or being drawn out in a probate litigation dispute.
Experienced legal counsel can help guide you through the process of drafting or amending your last will and testament so that your wishes are clearly defined, as well as represent your interests if your estate does enter into probate litigation.
A last will and testament can be essential to any family, regardless of the size of the estate. In the absence of a last will an testament, in the event of your passing, the courts may decide how your estate and assets will be distributed. In this situation, family members and loved ones may end up pitted against each other in a probate dispute, causing hardships and divisions in the family structure.
One of the most important things an individual can do for their family is to prepare for event of the their passing.
When you must legally address Last Will and Testament and Probate issues it is important to be made fully aware of your legal rights, options, and to have aggressive, detailed, and dedicated legal representation in your corner. Hiring an experienced Last Will and Testament attorney may provide you the best opportunity to achieve your desired outcome, or a fair and reasonable resolution.
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