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How to Make a Last Will and Testament

A last will is a legal document that determines what will happen to your property and assets when you die. Depending on your wishes, it goes to whom you choose. Making a will gives you the option of appointing a personal representative, who will be the person responsible for distributing your assets. Some instructions you provide are carried out after your death and this is an extremely important part of your estate plan. Whether you are learning to write a will or updating one, here are some important points to keep in mind.

Identify the beneficiaries of your will. These are the people who will inherit the assets and properties you left behind. Generally, people leave their assets to their immediate family; you can also bequeath assets to several people and decide how you want to divide the estate. In addition to identifying a personal representative and the beneficiaries of your estate, also consider whether you have any pets and who will care for them after your death. If you have minor children, you will also want to appoint a guardian for your children.

Consider other wishes with the identification of a personal representative and beneficiaries. You can include other wishes in your will, such as specific funeral instructions. For your wishes to be carried out, your will must be signed. You will need to have two witnesses to sign your will and if your state requires it, you will want to have it notarized. Some documents you may want to have with your will include an advanced healthcare or medical power of attorney, a living will, and an enduring power of attorney.

Depending on your needs and preferences, you may want to consult with an estate planning attorney, as estate planning can get complicated. At DAL Law Firm, we can meet all of your estate planning needs. Call or text us at (206) 408-8158 today and let’s get started.

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