4 Common Will Writing FAQs

A will is a legal document that allows you to distribute your inheritance among the beneficiaries you choose. A will determines who would benefit from your assets and money once you’re no longer here. Therefore, probate attorneys suggest using clear words and statements in your will to ensure that the court approves of it and no one can contest it.

However, writing a will can be complicated, but you need not fret. Here are the answers to some common will writing FAQs.

How Long Does It Take to Write a Will?

Many people think that writing a will is a lengthy process, but this is far from the truth! Will writing doesn’t have to be a lengthy process, and it depends upon your probate attorney. Most probate attorneys send an initial draft to you within a couple of weeks. After this, you can review the will and approve it or request changes. The next draft takes even less time.

However, this timeframe is only for straightforward wills. The more complex your will is, the more time it’ll take to make a final draft. Once you approve the final draft, you can make an appointment with your attorney to sign the will in the presence of witnesses.

Is There Anything I Shouldn’t Add to My Will?

The purpose of a will is to determine your beneficiaries and divide your assets amongst them. Our probate advisors recommend not adding the reasons for divisions or an extremely long list of invaluable possessions. Moreover, your will can become a public document after you pass away, and you shouldn’t mention anything you’d want to keep a secret.

Does the Executor have to Be Present for the Will Writing?

You can choose to tell your executor the contents of the will, but they don’t have to be included in the will writing procedure. Some people just inform their executor that they’re in charge of the will execution, while others tell them basic information like bank details.

In addition, some people also write a second letter alongside the will to explain things to the executor. The executor’s inclusion in the will writing process depends upon you entirely.

Why Can’t I Write a Will Myself?

Most DIY wills don’t have the information an executor needs to divide the inheritance properly. Moreover, they also lack legal requirements, making it easier for people to contest it or for the court to reject it.

An estate law attorney reading the contents of a will

At Ledwidge and Associates, our estate planning Brooklyn will help you draft a will, ensuring it contains legal requirements and portrays your wishes entirely. In addition, our estate lawyer in Jamaica, NY, is experienced in will interpretations, helping you determine what you should and shouldn’t include in your will.

Reach out to us for practical and affordable estate planning NYC.




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4 Common Will Writing FAQs

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