A will is essential at every stage of your life, providing you with the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes for what will happen upon your death. A will is necessary if you intend to leave property to someone who is not your blood relative, e.g., a domestic partner, a friend or a charity. If you die without a will, the court determines how your property is distributed, who cares for your children and even what happens to your beloved pet — and the decisions the court makes might not reflect your desires. Law Office of Amy F. Zacharias can draft a valid will that accurately conveys your intentions so your final wishes will be honored.
Wills are not difficult to execute, but simple mistakes can render them invalid in whole or in part. Essential elements of a valid will include:
An error in the execution of your will can cause confusion in the court and rancor among your heirs. To make sure that your wishes can be carried out, let Law Office of Amy F. Zacharias draft a valid will.
As your life unfolds, your circumstances change and your concerns may shift. To remain current, you should review and update your will every three to five years. I review your will in light of your current finances, marital status and family situation. I draft valid codicils that address changes in your circumstances and outlook.
Your will allows you to make contingency plans for the care of your minor children. This is especially crucial if you are a single parent, but married couples must also consider the remote possibility of death in a common accident. If you have not named a guardian for your children, the court appoints one who may make decisions contrary to your wishes. In your will, you can also make arrangements for the care of your pets, naming a guardian to take responsibility for them.
Law Office of Amy F. Zacharias drafts effective wills for clients in Concord and throughout Cabarrus County. Isn’t it time you executed a will or reviewed an existing will? Call me at 704-784-3311 or contact my office online to schedule a consultation at our Concord office.