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Establishing a Will in Scottsdale, AZ

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According to the State Bar of Arizona, a will is a legal document that provides direction for how an individual's property should be distributed after their death. A will designates a personal representative, or estate administrator, whom the individual trusts to correctly handle their estate during distribution. This legal document is of great importance because if you do not put your wishes down in writing before you pass, then the state will decide who gets to inherit your assets and property and you will raise your children until they are grown. A will can answer very important questions for the court such as who you want your beneficiaries to be, who is entitled to what assets, who will serve as the executor of your estate and who will be the guardian of your children. Are these decisions that you wish to leave up to the court's discretion? Your will may be the most important financial document that you ever sign. For legal assistance drafting this legally binding document, be sure to consult with Attorney Grant McKeehan at the firm.

Types of Arizona Wills

In order to ensure that your property is not mishandled after you pass away, as well as to provide for those you love upon your death, you should not hesitate to contact a Scottsdale estate planning lawyer to begin drafting your will. There are numerous types of wills, each of which may be stronger or weaker than others.

Some of these kinds of wills include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Last wills
  • Self-proved wills
  • Handwritten/holographic wills
  • Oral wills
  • Joint and mutual wills
  • Pour-over wills

Drafting and completing a will as soon as possible is a wise decision and could relieve you and your loved ones of future worry or stress. Therefore, you should consult with a qualified attorney right away to discuss each of these options and determine which is best for you. Call Grant N. McKeehan, PLC for further information on wills in Arizona.

How to Validate Your Will

After a will has been drafted and as the will writer you are happy with its contents, then the will must be validated with signatures. There are strict rules when it comes to the signing of a will, which is why having the assistance of an attorney is strongly encouraged. The attestation clause is the helpful reminder that explains how the signing of the will needs to be done. If you find that this clause is missing from the will, then you will need to obtain an affidavit or sworn statement from a witness as to how the will was signed in order to prove the validity of the will.

In order to validate a will, the testator must sign it with two witnesses present at the time of signing. Then each witness should proceed to sign the document in the presence of the testator and the other witness. By having witnesses sign the document, they are "attesting" that they were present and that the will is verified. For additional caution, it is always best to have the testator and the witnesses sign at the bottom of each individual page.

Retain a Scottsdale estate planning lawyer to draft your will today!

Searching for an attorney to draft your will in Scottsdale, AZ? As a skilled estate planning lawyer, I constantly strives to provide excellence in legal service to each of my clients. With over a decade of experience, I am intimately familiar with drafting wills and other legal documents and the validation requirements. I can help ensure that your will perfectly reflects your wishes and desires and that no stones are left unturned. Every case that I take on is extremely important to me; I give my full attention and dedication to assisting my clients in drafting the best possible will for their circumstances. I have practiced estate law for more than nine years and am also skilled in real estate and federal tax laws.

If you need an attorney for a will in Scottsdale, then don't hesitate to contact my firm today for wise legal counsel!

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