A will is a legal document that determines how your estate will be distributed after you pass away. Creating a will is a crucial step in easing the probate process later on. If you do not have a will, or if your will is declared invalid, the state of Florida will decide who gets your assets based on their probate laws. Putting a will in place ensures that your estate will be divided up according to your wishes. It also allows you to name a guardian for your minor children or incapacitated loved ones. If you wish to create or update a will, reach out to experienced estate planning and probate attorney Susan E. Durre today.
The will is the center of every basic estate plan. While the will allows you to name a trusted personal representative to administrate your estate, and while it allows you to decide who receives what aspects of your estate, it serves many more purposes.
For instance, creating a well-drafted will allows you to:
It’s important to keep your will updated, especially after a life-changing event occurs, such as a marriage, divorce, birth, or death in the family. Without a valid will in place when you pass away, your estate’s assets will be distributed under Florida’s intestate succession laws. In this case, your assets may be distributed in a manner that you wouldn’t have wanted. By consistently revisiting and updating your will, you can be sure that it will reflect your family’s dynamics and needs as time goes by.
The cornerstone of a bright future and secure legacy is a well-written will. Attorney Susan E. Durre can help clients determine what can and cannot be stated in a will and help those who already have a will keep it up-to-date. With an AV® Martindale-Hubbell® Rating, I strive to provide my clients excellent legal advice and assistance. Wills are a primary part of the estate planning and probate process, and I want all of my clients and their families to be informed and prepared about probate before it occurs. Reach out today to learn more.