Estate planning can be stressful. While technically, you do not need the help of an attorney for certain aspects, the right legal help can make a world of difference. Read on to learn more about writing a will and how an experienced attorney can help you.
What is a Will?
A will is a document that declares how your assets will be divided in the event of your passing. This is so important because it helps ensure that your wishes are followed and your loved ones are cared for. There are a lot of misconceptions regarding wills. For example, some people believe that you only need a will if you are of a certain net worth or you have children. This is not the case. Anyone over the age of 18 who owns property or has any assets can, and should, create a will.
Do I Need an Attorney to Help Write my Will?
Technically, you can write a will on your own. In fact, there are online DIY templates to help. But, it is generally not a good idea. This is because a will is such an important document. The slightest mistake when creating or filing your will can make it invalid in the eyes of the law. If your will is found to be invalid, your assets will be distributed by the state of New York, rather than being distributed according to your specific wishes and plans. This can cause a lot of stress, tension, and legal trouble for your loved ones who may now have to fight to obtain certain assets. Working with an experienced estate planning attorney can help avoid this.
What Other Documents Might I Need?
Estate planning is complex, because your life is complex. It is not enough to just create a will. There are a variety of other documents you may want to create. For example, trusts, a power of attorney, an advance healthcare directive, and more. A skilled attorney can create a cohesive and comprehensive estate plan that meets the needs of you and your loved ones.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your will or any other aspect of the estate planning process, contact our firm today to speak with an experienced attorney. We are here to walk you through the process and ensure that you are prepared for the future in some of the most important ways.
Contact our Firm
If you or a loved one needs assistance creating an estate plan and wish to speak with an experienced attorney, contact the Law Office of Andres D. Gil, PLLC today.