August 21, 2018
Why You Should Hire a Lawyer to Help Draft Your Will
While it is possible to create a last will and testament without professional legal help, it is usually not advisable to do so. When a person creates a will, their aim is to assure that their assets are dispersed among their family, friends, or favorite charities in a way that befits their wishes. Wills are also crucial for parents of minor children to name a guardian to look after those children in the event that the other parent is either also deceased or otherwise unable to provide care to the minors. Handwritten wills, un-notarized wills, and wills put together using a “will kit” are technically legally acceptable in most states, but they will often be contested and investigated and this puts a strain on already grieving family members.
In hiring a lawyer to help prepare your will, you are assuring that the process of dividing your estate will occur in the manner you would like and that it goes as smoothly as possible for those you’ve left behind. One thing to consider is that estate laws are different in every state. Hiring an experienced lawyer such as David Lobbezoo will help ensure that you are complying with all state laws in regards to your will and to have less of a chance of its being contested after your death. Another thing to consider is the fact that David Lobbezoo and his lawyers will have an in-depth knowledge of what sorts of inheritance and estate taxes your heirs will be subjected to. They can help you arrange your will in such a way as to ensure that those you’ve left behind will end up getting the maximum amount of what you leave to them.
It is especially important to have your will in order if you have minor children. If you should die without one and the childrens’ other parent were either also deceased or otherwise unable to care for them, it would be up to the state to decide who should be responsible for them. This is hardly a fate you want to subject your children to. If you need to set up a trust for them, it gets even more complicated, and this is when legal help is really essential. Setting up a trust is very complicated and you will not be able to do it without the help of a lawyer.
Really, in hiring legal help in drafting and filing your will, you are buying peace of mind that your wishes will be most likely to be met as you wish them to. When it comes down to it, there really isn’t a way to positively ensure that no one will try and contest your will. With this in mind, it’s easy to see why professional legal advice is advisable in preparation. You don’t want to worry that you will have inadvertently done something wrong and that your loved ones will have to suffer through a lot of stress and hassle after having lost you. With the help of a lawyer, you can be sure that you’ve created a will that will stand up in court against any contest.