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The process of drafting a will

| Jan 4, 2019 | probate |

There are many important steps involved in drafting a will. Estate planners should be familiar with the will drafting process to ensure that their wishes are accurately included in their will and that their estate planning concerns are addressed.

Having a properly drafted will can help with probate and other estate planning concerns. There are a variety of complexities associated with executing a will so trained guidance throughout the process can he helpful. One of the first important steps is for the estate planner to select their beneficiaries. The next steps include selecting an executor for the will and a guardian for any children.

The estate planner next needs to determine what each of the beneficiaries will receive and should be specific as to who gets what. It is important that estate planners thoroughly account for their property and are also realistic about the specific devises they include in their will. In addition, it is important to know all of the requirements for the will to be legally valid. Part of that includes having witnesses sign the will. Legal requirements for a will to be legally valid vary by state so the estate planner should be familiar with laws in their state where they are executing the will.

The estate planner should also carefully store their will and make sure to update their will as the circumstances of their life change. Carefully establishing and reviewing a will is important for estate planners to take seriously which is why understanding the process of drafting a will is important.