Many adults have yet to write a valid Will. The importance of writing a Will should never be underestimated. If you pass without a Will, your family can undergo unnecessary problems together with the stress of bereavement. Wills protect families according to the wishes of the deceased. There are many misconceptions surrounding writing a Will and we hope the following is helpful in this regard.
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Once the person who makes a Will has passed, a probate court will determine the validity and authenticity of that Will and will make judgments regarding the administration and distribution of the Will. Hames, Anderson, Whitlow & O’Leary, P.S., are also probate attorneys able to provide legal assistance through this process.
Common Misconceptions about Wills
A common misconception is that if you are not rich then you do not need a Will. Wills are not exclusively for wealthy people. The car you own, your home, and a couple of insurance policies can amount to more than you think.
Other people believe that they are simply too young to write a Will. Every adult should have a Will because accidents do occur at any age. With a Will, you will have that peace of mind that your spouse and children will be protected and your possessions will be properly handled.
Other people believe that they only need to write a Will once and it’s done. Wills need to be reviewed on a regular basis because of lifestyle changes. For example, divorce or marriage should prompt a new Will. Additionally, when some beneficiaries pass on, you will need to make changes.
Finally, many people believe that they can write a valid Will on their own. Will writing in Kennewick, Richland, and Pasco is a very sensitive affair that must be done with great caution. Not knowing the legal implications of language can lead to problems after death.
Facts about Wills
Wills can be contested if they do not include the necessary components that are required by law. You should seek legal counsel when writing a Will. An inadequate, or invalid, Will can turn out to be a huge burden to beneficiaries.
Second, there are different forms of assets that may be disposed of through a Will. Personal property like furniture, jewelry and clothing can also be included in the Will.
Finally, Wills are not just written because of items that have monetary value. A Will is also important because of things that have sentimental value to you. Who will take care of your pets? Who will take care of your children and administer funds for them on your death? A Will can solve these issues.
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