Can I Write a Will?

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You can write a will on your own, but it is not recommended. These important legal documents need to meet a number of requirements before they can be enforced. Mess up when you’re creating one, and your loved ones could end up dealing with some major inconveniences once you pass away. If you want to have peace of mind and ensure that your assets are easily and properly divided up once you are gone, then you are going to want assistance from a Woodland Hills will attorney.

What Happens to Property When I Don’t Have a Will?

When you die without a will you die “intestate.” This means that the state has to decide to do with many of your assets and properties, all because you have left no instructions. The state will usually leave your property with your closest relatives, like your spouse or children. If you have no living spouse or children, the state will go down the line to other relatives like grandparents, parents, grandchildren, aunts, and uncles to determine where your assets should go.

Should I Write a Will Myself?

You might be fine if you write a will yourself. However, there are multiple legal requirements such a document needs to meet if it is going to be enforced. If you mess up one of these steps, then it’s like not having a will at all.

An attorney from our firm will help you write a will that is legal and binding. We will ensure that:

  • The will is in writing
  • It is known to be a will
  • The signing of it is witnessed by two people

This will help your family avoid probate court. It will also ensure that you can pass down your assets and property to the right people. Maybe you have things that you don’t want going to your spouse or children, like collectibles or other items that might be better appreciated by other family members. This is your chance to make sure that you leave something behind for everyone.

Can You Change a Will Later?

Circumstances can change, so it is completely understandable if you need to change a will later on in life. We actually recommend taking a look at your estate plan and will after major life events like marriage, divorce, or the death of a loved one. You should be sure that your plan is up to date and that it still reflects your wishes.

Our Estate Lawyers Can Help You Write a Will

Our experienced attorneys can handle all of your estate planning needs, so contact the Law Offices of Yacoba Ann Feldman today. You can schedule a consultation and we will help you write a will or take care of any other tasks that need to be done to protect your assets.

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