A will is one of the basic elements of any estate plan. A valid will provides evidence of an individual’s wishes regarding the distribution of their assets after their death. It typically also instructs the executor or personal representative to pay their debts and taxes. If the testator has minor children, it can be used to name a guardian for those children.
At John A. Cochran, Esquire, I can help you create a will that accurately conveys your wishes. A well-written will can help prevent misunderstandings and disputes from occurring among your heirs. This is important, as ambiguity or unclear direction in a document can lead to uncertainty and cause conflicts to develop.
Why You Need A Will
Some people may wonder if they need a will. It is true that in Pennsylvania, and most other states, there are laws that govern intestate succession, the legal term for the passing of assets when there is no valid will.
The problem with intestate succession is that the legislature has “guessed” at what they think is the best disposition plan for “most” people. While it may work for many people, it certainly won’t work for all. Unless you are absolutely certain that those laws will work for your heirs, creating a will with an experienced attorney is a far better plan.
Do You Have Children?
If you have minor children, a will is an essential document, as it would be where you would name a guardian for your children. If you have not designated a guardian, should a situation arise where they need a guardian, it would be a judge who would make the decision. Most people prefer the knowledge that they know what would happen to their children in their absence.
I can also help with the creation of a “living will,” which is not a true “will” but an advance health care directive.
Contact My Office
To schedule a consultation with a knowledgeable lawyer who can help you with your will preparation, call John A. Cochran, Esquire, in Greensburg at 724-216-0704 or use my online form.