Residents in Florida who haven't dealt with estate law before are possibly feeling overwhelmed the first time they really start looking into it. The Law Offices of Frye & Vazquez, P.L., are here to help guide you through the basics first. First we'll take a look at wills, and the importance of their validity.
A will is a document that essentially dictates your final wishes after you have passed. This can include things like property division, inheritance, and can appoint guardians for minors. While you may have heard that it's possible to write a will without a lawyer, that's generally inadvisable. Why? Because wording is key with estate planning.
Many people don't know it, but wills are very particular. If you write one thing wrong or don't verify it properly, the entire will can be considered null and void. This can throw everything into chaos, leaving people grabbing for power, money, property, and the ability to determine other things that you may have otherwise wanted to clarify in the will itself. The courts will step in and make decisions for everyone instead, and this can mean that the people you wanted to leave things to don't get what you wanted them to have in the end.
Planning your estate can be a daunting task. Fortunately, you can take a look at our webpage on estate planning if you feel lost and need a place to start. You can find information about wills as well as trusts, legacy planning, how to deal with power of attorney, and much more.