Few people would argue that having to sit down and think at length about putting together your last will and testament isn’t an off-putting idea. In addition to the obvious fact that doing so faces you to acknowledge that you will eventually pass, it can also be an overwhelming process in and of itself. Do you need to list every single asset you own or just the major ones? How do you select an executor without someone feeling put-upon or another person feeling overlooked? How do you make sure that nobody can contest your will and upset your intentions once you are gone?
To make this necessary but distasteful task as easy and as painless as possible, you should seek to hire a reputable last will and testament attorney to help you with your estate plannings. Even the most common excuses for avoiding this process can be overcome with the help of a qualified attorney.
Excuse 1: Any Assets I Have Are Held Jointly With My Spouse
The titles that show ownership of property that is owned jointly, whether it is owned with a spouse or your children, naturally passes on to the surviving title holder. Although this may seem to be a great argument against the necessity for any last will and testament at all, it neglects to account for what follows after the residence or other property is maintained in the name of a single person only, such as clearing the title. A last will and testament serves as a protection to guarantee that the property is inherited in accordance with the desires of the deceased.
Excuse 2: My Only Living Relatives Are My Kids so They Will Get Everything
State intestacy laws that dictate the division of your assets if you die without leaving a last will and testament customarily give the assets to your children provided that they are adults. In the United States, 18 years old is the age of majority, so a child receiving property or money from one of his or her parents would get it without constraint while still a teen. A last will and testaments would allow the parent to establish a trust to hold any substantial amount of money and any other assets until the teenager is older and presumably more stable.
Excuse 3: It Is Too Expensive to Hire an Attorney to Draft a Proper Will
Most reputable law firms prepare very simple and basic last wills and testaments at a decreased price as a way of attracting new clients to their business. A licensed last will and testament attorney will be far more likely to know the ins and outs of the appropriate laws and also be abreast of any recent changes that have been made to them. Hiring a last will and testament attorney really is the best way to make sure that your assets are distributed according to your wishes after you die and that the process presents as little headache as possible for those you leave behind.
California Last Will and Testament Attorney
Estates can be very simple or very complicated, but almost all hurdles can be smoothed over by the services of an experienced will and probate lawyer. Here at Levia Law Firm, we have 25 years of experience in will and probate law. If you are starting to think about estate planning, give us a call as soon as you can so we can help guide you through the process and make sure that everything is done in accordance with your final wishes. Please reach out to us at (818) 703-1777 and ask to speak with one of our licensed will and probate attorneys today.