The Importance Of A Will
It’s easy to put off establishing a will, but there are many advantages to creating one sooner rather than later.
If you do not create a will, the state of Georgia has a plan in place for how your wealth and assets will be distributed after death. Does that plan accurately reflect your wishes? The likely answer is no. Georgia’s intestate succession laws do not take into account the unique dynamics of your family. Only by establishing a well-drafted will can you be assured that your loved ones are taken care of in the manner of your choosing.
In addition to determining how your wealth is distributed, wills can also allow you to make important decisions such as appointing a guardian for minor children and a personal representative who will manage your estate.
Will Your Will Stand Up To Scrutiny?
There are many options for creating wills. Some companies even offer “do-it-yourself” will kits that are advertised as cheap and easy alternatives to hiring a lawyer. There are perils, however, for choosing a less expensive option or for trying to establish important legal documents by yourself.
Wills are often contested, for reasons ranging from lack of capacity and undue influence to not being properly witnessed. If your will falls under judicial scrutiny, you want to make sure it holds up. A poorly drafted will is not likely to protect your interests.
As an estate planning lawyer in Atlanta, I have helped many Georgians establish wills, trusts and other important legal documents. Every situation is different. I understand that “one-size-fits-all” is not a good approach for creating a will. I will work with you personally to establish a will that is suited to your unique needs and goals.