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When creating an estate plan, the most important thing you’ll need to do is create a will.  However, because this is a complex process, it’s in your best interest to enlist the assistance of an experienced estate planning attorney to guide you write your will. Keep reading to learn what you must include in this document and how an experienced Broward County wills lawyer can help you.

What Is a Will?

A will is often considered one of the most essential estate planning documents, as it details your wishes of what you would like to happen to your property and assets upon your passing.

This document ensures your hard-earned assets will go to the people you’d like to leave them to. If you pass away without a will, your estate will be considered intestate. As such, your assets will be distributed according to the Florida line of succession. This means your property may end up going to someone you may not want to receive your assets. As such, it’s vital to write a will, even if you’re young.

What Should I Include When I Write My Will?

The most important thing you’ll need to consider when creating your will is the executor. This is a person you will appoint to distribute your property and assets according to your will. Most commonly, creators choose a friend or family member to assume this role. It’s important to understand that you must choose someone who is trustworthy, as this is a big responsibility.

Next, you will outline the wishes for your property, including who you would like to receive what. The people you choose to leave assets to are considered your beneficiaries. Generally, these beneficiaries include spouses, children, siblings, grandchildren, friends, and even charities.

If you have minor children, you can also designate who you would like to assume legal guardianship of your children. This can help provide the necessary peace of mind that your children will have a guardian of your choosing.

How Can a Lawyer Help?

Unfortunately, there are a number of online wills that you can print and fill out on your own. These seem like a great way to save money, they can cost you big time in the long run. Often, these wills are not always complete or do not adhere to state laws, meaning they can be deemed invalid upon your passing.

Instead, enlisting the assistance of a lawyer can help ensure that your will is legally binding and written in accordance with the applicable state laws. They can also help you handle any complex assets, which can often be a source of stress and anxiety for those planning their estate.

If you’re ready to start planning your estate, The Probate Lawyers can assist. Our dedicated firm will work tirelessly to help ensure your estate plan represents your wishes. Contact us today to connect with a competent attorney to discuss the details of your estate.