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Wills: How They Work

No one wants to think about how their possessions will be distributed after their death. As uncomfortable as this topic is, clearly written wills can ensure that an individual’s property is distributed as they wish.

At their most basic, wills are legal documents that give the writer control over how their own assets and children will be taken care of in the event that they die. If someone dies without a will, the state’s law covering people who died without a will (called intestate) will kick in and the property will be divided according to that state’s law.

This can be troubling if the state law would give property to an individual that the deceased really would have preferred been awarded to someone else or sold. For example, if an individual wanted to sell their possessions and donate them all to a specific charity, then that person will need a will.

Wills can also be used to ensure that a friend, unwed partner, or non-biological relative gets a share of property that they would otherwise be barred from receiving according to the state’s common law. Some states will have heirship laws that require a dead individual’s property to be distributed to spouses and children, but with sufficiently advanced foreplanning and an attorney, these laws can be reconciled with the individual’s wishes. 

If you want to create an ironclad will, you will need an experienced Trust & Estate attorney. An experienced Trust & Estate attorney can help you craft a will that can preserve your estate and distribute your assets according to your wishes. The best way to find the right trust & estate attorney for you is with Attorney at Law.

At AAL, our nationwide network of attorneys and law firms can match you with a local Trust & Estate attorney who is experienced and knowledgeable of your local laws and regulations. Our partners understand the delicate and important work that goes into preparing a will both physically and emotionally. That’s why our partners are not only experts in their areas, they are also compassionate advocates looking out for your best interests. 

Don’t wait. Contact AAL today for a free, no obligation consultation and begin your journey to securing your future.

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