A will should include all of your assets and how you want them to be distributed after your death. You should also make your final wishes known, like how you would like to be buried and who should be responsible for executing your will when you are gone. You may think it’s a bit premature to think about this, but it’s never a bad idea to have a will in place. A Washetenaw County wills attorney from our firm can help you make a legally binding document that will make things much easier for you and your family.
Do I Really Need a Will?
Many people think that wills are just for old people, but having a will written out is just a smart move no matter what your age. Do you have assets and property? Do you have any children who would need guardians if you were to pass away? Then having a will is basically a necessity.
What Needs to Be Included in a Will?
If you are going to write a will, you first need to account for all of your assets. This means that you’ll need a comprehensive list of:
- Property and real estate holdings
- Bank and investment accounts
- Valuables, like collectibles, heirlooms, artwork, or jewelry
- Insurance policies with beneficiaries
- Anything else you might want to pass down
You can outline your final wishes, like your funeral plans. Then you need to pick an executor for your will. This will be the person who makes sure that your wishes are honored. It’s an important job that requires someone trustworthy.
Upu should also consider compiling a list of “digital assets.” If you have online banking accounts or any other important info that is locked up online or on your computer, you should let your executor know how to access it.
How Can an Estate Planning Lawyer Help Me?
A will has to be legal in order to be enforceable. If you do not follow all of the state’s rules, your family could end up with a useless document and more confusion to deal with after you pass away. Our seasoned estate planning lawyers know how to make a legally binding will. We can make sure that everything is done correctly and that you won’t have to worry about any problems later on.
What If I Want to Change My Will Later?
You are allowed to change your will later. We understand that your life can change and that a plan you make for your assets one day may not hold up a few years later. Whether there has been a change in your marital status or you’ve simply had a falling out with a former friend, it’s a good idea to change your will so that your wishes are still honored.
Contact Our Legal Team
When you are ready to make an estate plan of your own, contact Collis, Griffor & Hendra. Our experienced attorneys can guide you through this process and make sure that nothing important gets left out.