Last Will and Testament
Add a Last Will and Testament to Your Estate Plan
If you are eager to start planning your future with security for your loved ones in mind, you should develop an estate plan. Effective estate plans utilize several tools to preserve your legacy for you and your family. Common tools that are incorporated into a comprehensive estate plan include wills and trusts.
These are technical legal instruments that have the potential to significantly impact the future welfare for those you care about most. That is why you should consult a competent Leesburg estate planning attorney with plenty of experience in handling wills.
At Legacy Law Centers, we focus on creating a solid estate plan that gives you proper control over your assets, preserving your vision of the future during your lifetime and beyond. We are deeply familiar with the ins-and-outs of testamentary estates, so you can rely on our guidance through each step of the estate planning process.
Call Legacy Law Centers at (571) 200-5559 today to schedule a consultation with an experienced attorney for planning your estate.
What is a Last Will and Testament?
A last will and testament is a legal document containing instructions on handling the assets and affairs of the will’s creator (testator) upon their death.
Proper wills contain provisions regarding:
- Appointment of a personal representative, or executor, for the testator’s estate
- Selection of a guardian for the testator’s minor children
- Distribution of the testator’s assets
Your executor cannot change your will. The responsibilities of your will's executor are to resolve your estate's financial obligations, maintain your property until the estate is settled, represent the estate in court, and distribute assets to your beneficiaries. Most executors are immediate family members or other trusted individuals.
If you die without a valid will, the probate court will determine who will settle your estate and care for any of your minor children. The probate court will distribute your assets in accordance with state probate laws. Thus, if you do not have a will, your legacy will effectively be in the hands of the government.
Here at Legacy Law Centers, we can develop an estate plan that minimizes the government’s participation in your posthumous affairs, while maximizing the interests of you and your family.
We can help you create a comprehensive will that addresses issues like:
- The order and priority of your beneficiaries
- Testamentary gifts to a class of persons
- Amendments (codicils)
- Pour-over provisions
Personalized Estate Planning in Leesburg
Your last will and testament is only one part of a truly effective estate plan. To prepare a thorough estate plan, you need professional legal advice from an attorney who dedicates their practice to creating a useful estate plan.
At Legacy Law Centers, we focus on making a personalized estate plan that suits your individual needs and goals. We are against using a run-of-the-mill approach to our work, and we are devoted to understanding your specific needs and intentions so you can rest assured that the future of your legacy is in the right hands.