It is not a legal requirement to have a lawyer prepare your will, but it is recommended to ensure that your will is carried out according to your wishes. Divorce, re-marriage, and blended families are becoming more and more common, which means that the way people wish to distribute their assets is also becoming more and more complicated. Our experienced will lawyers can help.
The Benefits of Hiring a Lawyer to Prepare Your Will
Having a lawyer’s help ensures that your will is completely legal as well as properly signed and witnessed. Your lawyer will make sure that your will documents are completely accurate and meet all of the legal requirements.
A lawyer will help you best navigate any complicated situations, such as distributing assets to a blended family including past spouses and children from different partners. You may have specific wishes as to how your assets and belongings are distributed and a lawyer will help you draw up a document that ensures this will come to fruition. This is particularly helpful if you have varied assets and/or a lot of wealth.
If for any reason your will is contested, it is more likely to stand up in court if it was prepared by a legal professional.
If you have children, what happens to them after you are gone is the most important thing. A lawyer will make sure your will properly deals with the appointment of guardianship to any minor children you leave behind so that you can rest assured they will be well taken care of in the event of your passing.
A will drafted by a lawyer is usually simpler for your loved ones to deal with after your passing, reducing stress during their time of grief.
Updating Your Will
A lawyer will help you make sure that your will is always updated when it ought to be in order to keep your wishes and your loved ones’ best interests prioritized.
You should update your will when the following life events occur:
- Birth/adoption of a child
- Death of a spouse
- Death of an executor
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