San Antonio Last Will & Testment
Preparing your will is an important part of getting your estate and family ready before your passing. Most people understand that they need a will but many Americans fail to create a will or do it properly. A will is a legal document that can help you:
- Identify heirs and executors of your will.
- Divide and pass on property and assets to your family.
- Determine how taxes and debts will be handled.
- Provide for pets or dependents.
The Legal Requirements of a Will
Fortunately, there are few legal requirements you have to consider when creating your will. No matter what state you reside in, making a will is easy, but does require some preparation on your part. To properly prepare a will in any state, you need to:
- Identify what property and assets you own that can be passed on after your death.
- The document, in writing, the names and contact information of your beneficiaries and designate what assets they should inherit.
- Have your will signed with at least two witnesses present.
- Secure the will in a safe place that can be accessed after your death.
A handwritten will is accepted in most states, however, this type of will should be avoided, if you have time to create a more formal will. Wills do not have to be notarized but should be signed with at least two witnesses present that can attest to your “sound mind” when preparing and agreeing to the stipulations put forth in your will. Whenever possible, having a reputable law firm help you prepare and safeguard your will is strongly advised.