A Will Should Be Part Of Your Estate Plan
If you pass away without a valid Will in place, did you know that New Jersey state law decides the distribution of your solely owned personal possessions, bank accounts, investments, real estate, and other property? Do you want the state to control your property and other crucial matters?
A well-drafted Will can go a long way toward clearly outlining your wishes and creating much needed peace of mind about what will happen to your estate, your children and other important issues once you pass away. It is never too early to start planning for the future, and working with a skilled estate planning lawyer can often make the process much easier.
Our Passaic County will lawyers at Fiorello, Puccio & Fiorello, L.L.C., are here to help you capture your wishes in a Last Will and Testament that conforms to current New Jersey laws. For more information about how we can help you achieve your goals, contact our law firm today to schedule a free consultation.
The Benefits Of A Will
When you work with us, we take the time to build strong bonds with our clients so we can fully understand your needs and find solutions that meet these objectives. A Will can be used to:
- Appoint an executor, who will be the person who makes sure that the terms of your Will are carried out to your specifications
- Clearly outline what property you would like to leave to specific people or organizations
- Name a personal guardian to care for your minor children
- Specify a trusted person to manage property you leave to minor children, disabled individuals or individuals who are incapacitated
Another important feature of a Will is that it can alleviate confusion and stress during an already emotional time where a family is grieving and already feeling overwhelmed. A Will can also help make the process of probate much easier, less time-consuming and diminish the chances that a dispute will occur.
However, in order for a Will to be enforced, it must be valid. In New Jersey, you do not need to have a will notarized, but it must be signed in front of two witnesses. You can make your Will “self-proving” by having it notarized, and executing a supporting affidavit. This means that the court can accept it into probate without contacting the witnesses who signed it. Our attorneys will make sure every detail is attended to and that the simple, complex or self-proving Will you choose to use conforms to all current laws.
If your Will or an estate you are part of does become part of a dispute, we are prepared to protect your interests during probate litigation, including any appeals that are necessary. We are here to protect your wishes and interests.