Have you made your will? If not, you need to do so as soon as possible. Life is uncertain, and we never know when the last document we will ever need will come into play. If you do not have a will, your estate will be determined by the applicable estate laws in effect at the time of your death.
Prior to making an appointment to discuss your will, it is helpful to contact our office and ask for our Last Will and Testament Worksheet. It will help you to organize your information and determine the size of your estate. Also, it is helpful to discuss with your family each person who is going to serve as personal represenative ("executor" if a male and "executrix" if a female) of your estate. If you have minor children, it is helpful to select a guardian and discuss their appointment in advance so that there is no question about naming the guardian or personal representative in your will.
Prior to making your appointment for your will, give some thought about who you want to receive your properties and estate. Be sure to bring with you the names, addresses, phone numbers, and other contact information for each beneficiary.
A consultation for a simple will generally takes about 30 minutes. When you return to execute your will, it generally takes about 30 minutes to review your will and properly execute it before the witnesses and notary. So plan appropriate time for your appointments. You will be provided two or more duplicate originals so that any personal representative, trustee or guardian will have your will in case it is needed. We do not store original wills. The clerk of court will store your will upon request. We do recommend that you keep your original will in a safe place.
At the time you execute your will, you may also want to consider having a durable power of attorney, a health care power of attorney, and/or a living will.
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