No matter what stage of your life you are in, a will is essential to providing clear instruction on your wishes, should you become incapacitated or otherwise unable to make decisions.
Your living will set parameters for medical intervention, should it be necessary. It also provides the opportunity to distribute your property as you see fit, establish guardianship for your children, and otherwise express your final wishes upon your death. A will is necessary to leave property to any person or entity other than a blood relative – for example, a domestic partner, a friend, or a charity. Without a will, the court will determine how your property will be distributed, who will care for your children, and other decisions that may not accurately represent your desires.
The drafting of a will, as well as the creation and implementation of a proper estate plan, is a complicated process. Our firm’s team of experienced estate planning attorneys can help you draft a will at all levels of complexity, assist in litigation over will interpretation, and help with all other aspects of the estate's process. Contact Blustein, Shapiro, Frank & Barone, LLP today to make sure you have planned appropriately in the event that anything should happen to you.
By Richard J. Shapiro, J.D., CELA
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