What is a Will?

A will is an estate planning tool that carries out your last wishes upon your death. It is a legal document created while you are alive that indicates how you want your property to be distributed at the time of your death.

Writing a will is often the first step for many in planning for their estate. It is never too early to write a will, and it can help protect your assets and your family.

Requirements of a Will

Every situation for creating a will is different, but there are some basic requirements. If you are writing a will in Michigan, according to state law, it must satisfy these requirements:

  • It must be in writing
  • It must be signed by you (the writer of the will)
  • It must also be signed by two witnesses

Do I Need a Will?

Many people put off writing a will because they do not care to think about what will happen when they die. However, having a will can help protect your personal property and carry out your best wishes for your family and loved ones.

In a will, you can indicate the following:

  • A Personal Representative (Executor) to administer your estate
  • Who will inherit your property, such as:
  • House
  • Automobile(s)
  • Artwork
  • Jewelry
  • Family Heirlooms
  • Furniture
  • Other Valuables or Items
  • Who will inherit sums of money
  • Legal guardian of minor children
  • Guardian for your pet(s)

For additional information or questions about writing a will in Michigan, contact our legal offices online or call today at (734) 397-4540 to set up a free consultation with one of our skilled and professional estate planning lawyers.

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