Planning for death is a difficult but necessary part of life. Wills constitute a key component of end-of-life planning because it is important for people to have a way to make their wishes known in a legally enforceable way. Wills can address who will care for your children in the event both you and the other parent die while the children are minors. Wills can also address the distribution of personal property to beneficiaries, how your assets will be handled after your death, and who will manage your estate and/or make key decisions.
Many people think that wills are relatively straightforward documents that are generally enforced by the courts. However, it is important to understand that will contests are not uncommon. In order to ensure that your wishes are carried out as you intended, you need to ensure that your will is valid and fully enforceable under Michigan law.
Because our office has extensive experience with wills and estate planning, we can help guide you through the process. We will be able to ask you important questions and raise important issues that you may not have considered, as well as ensure that your will complies with the requirements of the law.
When people do not work with an attorney on creating and drafting their will, they often use a fill-in-the-blank template as a guide. However, this is not the best approach. We understand that every single client is different and we do not use a one-size-fits-all approach when working with clients to create their last will and testament. By listening to your specific needs and concerns and assessing the entirety of your situation, an experienced attorney can make personalized recommendations and help ensure that nothing critical gets left out of your will.
If you are interested in finding out more about how we can assist you in this sometimes difficult, but critically important, process, please visit Wills overview page. Drafting a thorough and valid last will and testament can be the greatest gift you leave to your loved ones after your death.