A will is one of the most important legal documents you can create. As a result, it is important to do it the right way. Read on to learn more about writing a will in Michigan.
Why do I need a will?
A will is a legal document that declares how your assets should be divided in the event of your passing. Passing away without a valid will is known as dying “intestate.” When this occurs, the deceased’s assets will be obtained by the state. The state of Michigan will then distribute the assets to the loved ones of the deceased. This means that your assets will not be allocated according to your wishes, but rather by the state. This can lead to legal trouble for your loved ones, during an already difficult time.
Can I write my own will?
Technically, you can write a will on your own. However, this is not a good idea. There are numerous DIY will-writing options online. Some people choose this option because they believe it will be cheaper than working with an attorney. In reality, the various fees involved can add up and become even more expensive. Additionally, it is easy to make detrimental mistakes. If your will is invalid, it can be contested.
What makes a will valid in Michigan?
It is important to work with an experienced estate planning attorney to make sure that your will meets all the necessary requirements. In order to be considered valid in the state of Michigan, your will must meet the following criteria:
- The testator must either sign the will themselves or another person must sign the testator’s name at their direction and in their presence
- At least two people must witness the signature and sign their names on the will within 30 days of each other
- The testator must be at least 18 years old and of “sound mind and memory”
- At some point during the will’s execution and attestation, the testator must tell each witness that the document is their will
If you are looking to create a will, our firm is here to help. We will walk you through every aspect of the estate planning process. Reach out today to speak with an experienced and dedicated estate planning attorney. The sooner you reach out, the sooner we can begin securing your future.
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