The Last Will and Testament is one of the most critical documents in estate planning. The will is not just about your assets and who gets them after you are gone. It is also a document allowing you to assign an executor for your funeral arrangements and the funds set aside for this purpose.
You will also need a Last Will and Testament to appoint guardians for your children and pets.
The will can also take care of any other dependents you might have. You can use a Last Will and Testament to leave money or assets to charity organizations as well.
Your Last Will and Testament contains all the crucial details about how you would like all of your affairs to be settled. Failure to set up your Last Will and Testament correctly can lead to a dispute in probate court. The testator of the names the executor of the estate, the person responsible for administering the will. The probate court will see that the executor acts in good faith when carrying out the will.
Depending on your state, a Last Will and Testament may also be known as:
Everyone needs a Last Will and Testament. Irrespective of your possessions, it is always a good idea to name your beneficiaries rather than relying on your state's intestacy laws.
Another reason to have the Last Will and Testament written up is to relieve your family of the funeral arrangements. If you're a parent, you will need a will to designate your children's guardians in the event of your passing rather than relying on the state to decide.
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Testator information: The legal name and address of the testator of the will.
Testator's family: The spouse, children, and other family members identified.
Guardian information: The legal name and additional personal information of the testator's children's appointed guardian.
Witness information: The legal names and information of two witnesses.
Beneficiary information: The legal names and other identification of all the beneficiaries.
Assets distribution: Instructions on how the estate will be distributed after the death of the testator.
General provisions: Additional clauses for correct interpretation of the will.
Funeral arrangements: Details of the testator's wishes in regards to the funeral.
Digital assets: Instructions on how to handle social media accounts, computer equipment, and technology assets.
Signatures: The testator and the two witnesses must sign the Last Will and Testament.
Testator/Testatrix: A person making the Last Will and Testament.
Executor: A person executing the testator's affairs according to the will.
Guardian: A person whom the testator designates to take care of the minor children in the event of death.
Dependent: A person who relies on the financial support of the testator.
Witness: A mentally fit person of legal age to witness the signing of the will.
Legacy: Money and assets left to others in the will.
Probate: This is a legal process to review and carry out a will, including the estate distribution, if there is no will.
Intestate: The status of not having a will.
Estate: A person's possessions during their lifetime and after death.
Before you sign the Last Will and Testament, you should review it for accuracy. You will need two witnesses of sound mind to witness the document's signing to be carried out in front of a notary public. Notarization is a requirement, or the validity of the will may come into question.
Except for the state of Louisiana, you are required to attach a self-proving affidavit with your Last Will and Testament. The affidavit is used by the probate court to authenticate the validity of the will. As is to be expected, it also must be notarized and filed alongside the will.
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