Wills Attorneys Located in Grand Rapids and Serving All of West Michigan
While no one likes to think about their death, you probably do care about your family’s future. A will is one of the simplest ways to provide for your family financially after you are gone and to help keep your estate from being tied up in a lengthy court process. While it’s easy to procrastinate creating a will, remember that an accident can happen at any time.
Who Needs a Will?
Wills are for everyone not just for the elderly. In fact, a will can be much more important to a professional with young children and a stay-at-home spouse than to a retiree whose adult children are financially independent. Of course, even the elderly want their estates handled efficiently and to quickly go to their loved ones instead of being trapped in the court system and eaten up by legal fees.
What Happens if You Don’t Have a Will?
If you don’t have a will, your estate will be handled in accordance with Michigan’s intestacy laws. These laws assign your property to your closest living family members. While this may sound like a desirable outcome, the probate process takes longer and has higher fees when an estate is settled by intestacy laws rather than a will.
How to Create a Will in Michigan
There are only a few formalities for creating a will in Michigan including having two witnesses to the signing. The most important part of the process is creating legally valid instructions that cover all of your property as well as any assets that you might acquire after the will is signed.
Experienced Will Drafting Attorneys
Our experienced attorneys can provide you with the customized advice you won’t get from a do-it-yourself will form. Our services include
determining the most effective way of achieving your wishes
- will drafting
- updating existing wills
- providing the required witnesses
- providing a notary
Free Initial Consultation
If you still have doubts about whether you need a will or whether your current will needs to be updated, call our Grand Rapids office at (616) 732-8888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The is no charge for an initial consultation with a West Michigan estate planning attorney.