One of the most important things you can do for your family is drafting a will before you pass on. Doing so may prevent any unwanted discrepancies that you can no longer sort out after your death. Drafting a will may seem like a daunting task, but fortunately, with a bit of reading and an experienced attorney by your side, it does not have to be. If you are ready to begin the will-writing process, here are some of the questions you may have:
How do I begin the process of writing a will?
You must first decide who will draft your will. Instinctually, you may wish to draft your will yourself. After all, it involves your possessions, your finances, and your wishes for your family. However, though there are many kits and online options, you open yourself up to several legal pitfalls. This is why it is generally the best option to hire a trustworthy attorney to help guide you through the legal process of writing your will.
What is the responsibility of an executor, guardian, and trustee?
When you write your will, you will need to appoint an executor. Essentially, the job of an executor is to handle your estate matters and ensure your wishes are carried out accordingly after your death. It is very important you select somebody you trust as your executor. Appointing a guardian and trustee is very important if you are the last living parent of a child under the age of 18. If you pass away and do not select a guardian in your will, the court may appoint someone to care for your child on their own. As a responsible parent, it is your duty to ensure your child ends up in the right hands in the event of an untimely death, so it is very important you appoint a guardian in your will. Additionally, appointing a trustee is also crucial, as a trustee will manage your money, investments, and property until your child is old enough to do so by him or herself.
How do know if my will is valid?
In order to have a valid will in the state of Connecticut, it must:
- Be in writing
- Be signed by the testator
- Be signed by two witnesses, each of them signing the will in the testator’s presence
If you have any additional questions regarding the qualifications or process of writing a will, please do not hesitate to contact one of our knowledgeable attorneys today.
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