A will is essential at every stage of your life, providing you with the opportunity to distribute your property and otherwise express your wishes for what will happen upon your death. A will is necessary if you intend to leave property to someone who is not your blood relative, e.g., a domestic partner, a friend or a charity. If you die without a will, the court determines how your property is distributed, who cares for your beloved pet — and the decisions the court makes might not reflect your desires. Hynes Family Law Center, LLC can draft a valid will that accurately conveys your intentions so your final wishes will be honored.
Wills are not difficult to execute, but simple mistakes can render them invalid in whole or in part. Essential elements of a valid will include:
An error in the execution of your will can cause confusion in the court and rancor among your heirs. To make sure that your wishes can be carried out, let Hynes Family Law Center, LLC draft a valid Will.
As your life unfolds, your circumstances change and your concerns may shift. To remain current, you should review and update your Will every three to five years. I review your Will in light of your current finances, marital status and family situation.
Drafting an effective Will is more involved than drafting a valid Will. Hynes Family Law Center, LLC works closely with you to identify your legacy goals and advise you on the best means to achieve them. Sometimes, this means conveying assets via a Will. At other times, disposing of assets via a Will triggers estate taxes, sharply diminishing the value of the bequest. Often, when discussing financial and real estate assets, I uncover liability exposure that raises doubts about whether those assets could survive even a short run of bad luck. It is then that I discuss the need for a comprehensive estate plan, including a variety of trusts, that can protect your wealth for enjoyment during retirement, then transfer it seamlessly to your heirs without estate tax issues.
Hynes Family Law Center, LLC drafts effective Wills and comprehensive estate plans for clients in Warner Robins and throughout Georgia. Isn’t it time you executed a Will or reviewed an existing Will? Call me at 478-666-6052 or contact my office online to schedule a consultation at our Warner Robins office.