Sarasota Wills Attorney
Drafting Effective Wills to Achieve Your Estate Planning Goals in Sarasota
Many people put off drafting a last will and testament because they are not sick, are “too young,” or they do not think they have enough property to warrant an estate plan. However, not having a valid will in place can cause unnecessary stress, time, and expense for your family should something unexpectedly happen to you.
A will is the foundation of an estate plan, and every adult should draft a will with the help of an experienced Sarasota wills lawyer. If you would like to learn more about creating an effective will, contact Inverso Law Group directly for a consultation.
The Purpose of a Will
Wills serve many purposes as the basis of your estate plan. Having a will allows you to do the following:
- Designate a personal representative - When you pass away, someone will need to serve as the personal representative of your estate to wrap up your affairs, distribute your property, and close your estate. If you do not have a will designating a specific person you trust, the probate court will need to appoint someone to fill this role, and they might not be the best person for the job.
- Name beneficiaries and their distributions - You will indicate who you want the beneficiaries of your estate to be and what property each beneficiary will receive. Without a will, the probate court will distribute your property according to Florida’s intestacy laws, which might not be in line with your wishes.
- Select a legal guardian for your minor child - In some cases, your death might leave your minor child without any parents, such as if both of you were involved in a fatal crash. If you do not have an updated will, the court will select your child’s legal guardian, and it can result in disputes among family members. With a will, you can inform the court who you would like to be your child’s legal guardian.
The probate process can be difficult for families after losing a loved one, and having a will makes this process much easier, and you can rest assured that your wishes have been expressed.
Drafting a Valid and Enforceable Will
If there are questions about the validity of a will, it can only complicate the probate process more. Family members might try to contest the will based on:
- It was not executed in accordance with Florida law
- You did not have the requisite mental capacity to execute a will
- You signed under duress, undue influence, or based on fraud
You want an experienced Sarasota wills attorney ensuring that your will meets all the requirements under the law to minimize the chances that someone might challenge your will.
Contact a Sarasota Wills Lawyer to Plan for Your Future
At Inverso Law Group, we help clients create comprehensive estate plans, including a valid last will and testament. Call 941-926-6039 or contact us online to learn how we can help you protect your estate, your family, and your future.