do i need a will?
Do I need a will?
Generally yes. The simplest reason to get a will is the peace of mind that comes with having legal documentation of your decisions for when you die. A will formalizes your decision of who gets your stuff when you die. Otherwise, state laws will determine how your property will be distributed without a will. With a will, you can also name an executor as the person you want to handle your estate when you die. You can also declare the person that you want to be the guardian and provide care for your children should you decease while they are still minors. Listed below are some good questions to ask yourself and your loved ones when answering the question, “Do I Need a Will?”
Things to consider for a will
If you’re considering getting a simple will, here are several areas for you to consider.
  1. Who gets your property (your stuff) when you die?
  2. Do you have a specific gift(s) for specific people?
  3. Do you have specific people that are not to receive anything or gifted a minimal amount? If so, what is the reason why?
  4. Who do you want as the executor of your will? Who is the default if that person is not available?
  5. If you have minor children, who do you want to be the guardian of your children? Who is the default if that person is not available?
  6. If you have minor children, who do you want to manage your children’s property? Who is the default if that person is not available?
  7. Do I want a Health Care Directive? This is not included in a will but is certainly something to think about when you are in the process of getting a will.
Contact the law office of Gullage & Tickal if you are interested in discussing a Will or Health Care Directive at (334) 737-3733.
Please note: Due to COVID-19 concerns, all initial consultations are done over the phone, with no need to come into the office. Should you decide a will and health directive are a good decision for you and your loved ones, we will arrange to sign, witness and notarize your documents outside with appropriate distance between all parties.
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