Many people are under the impression that only the wealthy need a will. In fact, if you own property of any kind (a car? jewelry? a house?) or are the parent of young children, a will can give you peace of mind and confidence that your family will be taken care of. If you want to ensure that your property will be distributed according to your wishes, a will is an essential document, and it must be correctly executed to be valid. The Law Store can assist you with your will, has very reasonable prices, and is open evenings and weekends for your convenience. They will provide you with the professional counsel you need to create an estate plan that will fit your needs.
What happens to your property if you do not have a will? Under Missouri Law, if you die without a will, your property will be apportioned according to state probate codes. While many people want their property to pass to their children, family complications such as children of two or more marriages may prevent an easy distribution. Some people may want to leave an estate or portion of an estate to a charity, or to a close friend. Legal assistance is invaluable if you want your estate to pass to the people or groups you love and support now.
What You Need to Prepare a Will
You will want to bring several documents with you as you consult with your attorney:
- Bring documents that relate to your property and assets, as well as any liabilities related to these assets This can include bank statements, loan papers, the deeds to your properties, proof of vehicle ownership, and information about the current amount owed on these assets. Also include information about any valuables that you want to leave to certain people, such as jewelry or family heirlooms.
- Bring the names and addresses of the person you want to be the executor of your will as well as the names and addresses of every beneficiary. You will also need their social security numbers.
- Bring the names and addresses of any people you are designating as guardians for your minor children in the event of your death.
- Also consider your preferences for your own medical treatment should the situation require a decision on the part of one of your family members. Although not every will has a clause regarding medical situations, it can be helpful to have your wishes in writing so that your family members are not left struggling to make a decision for you.
The Law Store attorneys can help you with some of the challenging decisions you may need to make in preparing a will. A family may have various members who are at odds with one another, or have complex relationships stemming from several marriages and divorces. No matter how complicated your situation, The Law Store can help. The attorneys at The Law Store provide legal services — at a better price — and they make it convenient for you to take care of your family’s needs. Stop in and find out about us at one of our many locations.