Contrary to popular belief, you can’t just put anything in a will. Certain things are not yours to dictate. If you require assistance with estate planning, please read on, then contact one of our experienced Hartford County probate attorneys to learn what not to include in a will in the state of Connecticut.
What should you not include in a Connecticut will?
The list of things not to include in a last will and testament is long and varied, but some of the most frequently brought up include the following:
- Business interests
- Personal wishes and desires
- Coverage for a beneficiary with special needs
- Property in a living trust
- Retirement plan proceeds, including money from a pension, IRA or 401k
- Stocks and bonds held in beneficiary
- Proceeds from a payable-on-death bank account
- Anything you do not want going through probate, such as personal property or household items
Why should you make a will in Connecticut?
A will can help protect your family and your property. You can use a will to do the following:
- Leave your property to people or organizations
- Name a personal guardian to care for your minor children
- Name a trusted person to manage property you leave to minor children
- Designate an executor, i.e. the person who makes sure that the terms of your will are carried out
Also, if you die intestate, i.e. without a will, your property will go to your closest relatives, beginning with your spouse and children, then a series of increasingly distant relations. If that is not your wish, then you should reach out to a skilled Hartford County estate planning attorney.
How can a Hartford County probate attorney help you?
While the Constitution State does not require you to engage the services of a legal professional in order to create a will, you would be well advised to do so. For instance, if you think that your will might be contested or if you wish to disinherit your spouse, you should talk with an attorney. Our firm can help you create a will that will withstand or prevent any challenges to its legitimacy. By fully apprising you of your rights and responsibilities, we will help you draft a will that meets your needs and those of your chosen heirs. This process can be time-consuming and complicated, so give us a call today.
Contact our Firm
Marc N. Needelman is an experienced attorney working throughout the state of Connecticut. If you need an attorney who is ready to fight for the financial compensation you deserve, please do not hesitate to contact us to set up a free initial consultation. Our firm deals with matters relating to real estate, personal injury, criminal defense, estate planning, and more.