Writing your will is the best thing to do to protect your family members and relatives against seeking court’s help regarding the distribution of your estate and other issues as stipulated by family law. Also, your will is your voice and power to state or declare your decision; so, you need one to make your voice heard when you pass away.
However, the following is the step-by-step guide to write a will, even with the help of a family law attorney:
1. List Your Assets
Take a paper and list all the properties that you have. Ensure that you list every asset that you have. The list will become useful when distributing your possessions. Even if you are writing your will in front of a reliable family law attorney.
2. Create a Document
Ensure to write “Last Will” as the title of the document. You should write your current address and legal name. Besides, include that you are above 18 years age and of sound mind. Note that this new will will revoke all previously made wills. Add that the will is not being made under duress or coercion.
3. Choose an Executor
Designate someone you trust as the executor of the will. You must trust the person and must agree to be your executor. The executor might be your family law attorney, financial advisor, close family member or friend.
4. Choose a Guardian
Appoint a guardian, someone that will take care of your minor children. This works if you happen to be the only parent alive or the other parent is not fit to raise the kids. This will ensure that your children are cared for.
5. Name Beneficiaries and What Each Person Gets
Write full names of the beneficiaries and the asset each of them will inherit upon your death. Meanwhile, your pet cannot be a beneficiary; rather, designate someone to care for your pet.
6. Sign and Date the Will with The Witnesses
This is very crucial to the validity of your will. Sign and put the date on the will and ask the witnesses to sign after you also. However, ensure that the witnesses are at least 18 years old.
After writing your will, keep it with the family law attorney for safekeeping. However, you must occur the executor about where the will is kept. You can keep it with your family law attorney or in a safe. Meanwhile, just ensure that you make your will to avoid risking death without a will, which can be very frustrating.