Why Should I Have a Will?
A will is a legal document that outlines your last wishes. It’s an easy way to proactively protect the people you love after you’re gone and ensure your hard-earned assets go to the people you love most.
Too, a will ensures important decisions are carried out in the event you can no longer speak for yourself or when you’re no longer here. In short, it provides essential guidance for the loved ones you leave behind related to funeral arrangements, special considerations, guardianship designations for any minor children, and a plan for how you would like your assets to be distributed.
Attorneys with Fuller Law practice make it easy to create a will. Hence, your family members have the clarity to make decisions on your behalf, distribute your assets and preserve your legacy the way you intended.
Contact our team to learn more about different types of wills and which one makes sense for you and your family’s goals. Call: (702) 935-4144.
What Happens if I Don’t Have a Will?
When you die without a will, this is called “intestate succession.” Your estate will go through the probate court to determine who should receive your property and belongings. The probate court will usually prioritize surviving spouses or partners, followed by children, parents, siblings, and extended family members.
This becomes problematic for your family as the probate process can be time-consuming, costly, and emotional. As you can imagine, your loved ones must watch the court distribute your personal belongings; some of them may go to people you would not have chosen. The more extensive or more complex the state, the longer the process.
At the same time, people you might have wanted to get a piece of your assets, such as stepchildren, long-time partners, and friends, will be left out.
Taking action and writing a simple will can prevent your family and friends’ unnecessary heartache and financial strain. During our initial consultation, we ask that you create a list of assets you’d like to include in your will and possible guardians for your children. We can handle the rest from there and help you file and make it official.
Can I Exclude People from My Will?
When considering exclusions in a will, most people are uncomfortable having the initial discussion with the person or people they want to disinherit. This gets especially dicey when someone wants to exclude a spouse, child, stepchild, or another close family member. Regarding spouses, this requires an extra step and must be called out in a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement to be legally valid.
Some people decide not to call attention to it, and when they pass, the people that get left out are caught by surprise. Hurt feelings can lead to unnecessary family disputes during an already challenging time for everyone that’s grieving.
Your will is about you, however, and your final wishes. Not about anyone else. Our recommendation is to have the tough conversation upfront to ensure your family doesn’t bear the brunt of the consequences of your actions later and provide any legal decision.
Talk to our attorneys with Fuller Law Practice to discuss best practices when writing your will to make it easier on you and your family. Call us today to get started: (702) 935-4144.
Are There Mistakes I Should Avoid When Creating a Will?
One of the most common mistakes people make is not having a will at all. More than half of Americans don’t have a plan for death as many people think they are too young or don’t have enough money or assets to warrant any protection.
If you are single, over 18, or married with children, now is always the right time to consider a will, regardless of your life stage. Not having a will leaves your family vulnerable to probate court and watching your assets get distributed as the court sees fit.
There are other common mistakes to avoid when considering and creating a will, including:
- Not naming a trustworthy or reliable executor
- Forgetting certain assets or property
- Not having any witnesses to validate the will
- Forgetting to update it as life events occur
- Not considering a guardian for any minor children
Thankfully with an experienced attorney by your side like Fuller Law Practice, we can help you avoid some of these everyday mistakes and protect your assets and family’s future. Call our office today and book an initial consultation to discuss your estate: (702) 935-4144.
Can Any Attorney Help Me Draft a Will?
When you have a specific health issue, you book an appointment with a doctor with experience in a specialty area. The law is no different.
Estate planning lawyers like Fuller Law Practice with experience in wills, trusts, and comprehensive estate planning strategies are a valuable investment rather than a general practice attorney that might not have the time or practice area knowledge to guide you in the right direction.
Not having the proper legal counsel can negatively impact your will and possibly lead to other legal issues if something isn’t valid or clear. Our experienced lawyers can help you create a legally binding will that suits your needs and expresses your final wishes. The benefit of this is ensuring it will hold up in probate court when it’s time for your executor to distribute your assets.
Protect your family and property with a simple will through Fuller Law Practice. We will offer legal advice throughout the process, from establishing your will, selecting assets, choosing an executor, filing the paperwork, and ensuring it stays up-to-date throughout the different stages of life.
Consider Fuller Law Practice for your estate planning needs and book a no-strings consultation to get started: (702) 935-4144.