No one likes to think about leaving this world, but everyone should think about what will happen with your estate when you do pass. A will is a legal document that allows you to specify what you would like to happen with your personal assets upon your death. Having a will is not just for the wealthy, in fact, everyone should have a will. In Georgia, the requirements to write a will are simple: you must be at least 14 years old and be of sound mind, capable of reasoning and making decisions.

A will allows you to leave your personal assets to the people or organizations you wish, not who the state says. You may have a specific personal item that you want to leave to a specific person; a will would help to ensure that happened upon your death.

Upon your death, the state’s probate laws take effect. When you do not have a will the state determines what happens to your personal assets, your estate, and even what happens with the child custody of your minor children. Many people overlook setting up a will and leave their families in the difficult and cumbersome Court process of probate long after their death. Having a properly drafted and executed will helps to eliminate these problems.

Some people believe that new software or downloaded forms are the answer to their estate issues, however, many of these documents do not cover specific questions and legal issues which will keep your will valid. If a will is contested, many of these fill-in the blank forms will not keep your estate out of the tedious probate Court and lengthy litigation. Georgia law also requires that the will be properly written, executed, and witnessed, so a lawyer is recommended.

Seeking the advice of the Law Office of Christine M Bechtold at 770.466.2700 or at Christine@Bechtold-Law.com assures that your concerns about your estate are addressed in a valid will.