A will is a legal document that outlines how a person’s assets will be distributed after their death. This is an important document that can ensure that your wishes are carried out and that your loved ones are provided for. There are several key things that should be included in your will, and being sure you have what you need can be tough.
That’s why you may need a skilled attorney like Matthew Karr at The Heritage Law Center to help. An attorney can guide you through the most important parts of your will and ensure all your assets and wishes are covered in your estate plan.
Your Own Personal Information
One of the most important pieces of information that you need to make sure to include in your will is your personal information. This personal information should include things such as your full birth name, current address, and date of birth.
It is important to make sure that you include all of this information so that when your will needs to be utilized, there’s no confusion about who you are and whether or not the will is truly yours and has your wishes on it. If there are any doubts about who wrote the will, it can cause problems during probate, complicating the process more than is necessary.
Property and Assets
The purpose of making a will in the first place is to ensure your assets are passed down to the proper people. The only way to ensure that happens is to include any property and assets accurately in the will.
Sometimes, a will can work together with a trust to deal with where all your assets go. Our attorney can help you determine whether your will includes everything it should, or whether you may need a trust to get the coverage and peace of mind you need.
A will that doesn’t have the right number of signatures may be unusable. You’ll need at least two witnesses, and those witnesses can’t benefit from your will. Without these signatures, the probate court won’t recognize the authority of your will. That means your assets will be distributed according to Massachusetts law.
That takes away the power you have to make decisions about your assets and your will. Talk to a lawyer to make sure your will is complete and sound.
Discuss Your Will With a Lawyer
Ensuring your will includes everything you need can be tough. If you’re unfamiliar with estate planning and wills, it’s easy to miss a vital piece of information and make your wishes known. That’s where a lawyer like Matthew Karr, Esq., can step in. At The Heritage Law Center, we know it’s easy to forget things when you’re creating a will, and we’re here to help you be sure your estate plan is sound.
When you’re ready to discuss your case, reach out for a free consultation by calling 617-299-6976 or by completing the online contact form below.