Estate Planning with Wills

A Will is a written document that tells others how and to whom your property should be distributed in the event of your death.  It also names the person whom you want to carry out the terms of your Will.  If you have minor children, your Will appoints a guardian for them.

Each state has certain attestation and execution requirements.  For example, in Arkansas the testator must be at least 18 years of age and of sound mind at the time the Will is executed.  The Will must be witnessed and attested by two qualifying witnesses above the age of 18.  The Testator must declare to the witness that the document is his Last Will and Testament before signing the Will.

If you do not have a valid Will, then your estate is considered intestate and the state in which you reside when you die will determine who receives your property.  Your wishes as to the distribution of your property are not considered.

While wills can serve as powerful estate planning tools, they are only effective if they are properly drafted and executed to suit the needs of each individual.  One of our attorneys can review all your options with you and draft a will in a manner that ensures your wishes will be honored.  If you already have a will then the attorneys can review your current will and recommend any necessary changes to you. In addition to attorneys practicing in Arkansas, we also have licensed attorneys in other states such as Missouri and Florida.

 



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