A Michigan resident does not have to panic when they consider how and when they will draft their estate planning documents. Attorneys are well-versed in the requirements that apply to trusts, wills, and other important tools. Because estate planning documents must conform to certain specifications, individuals may be well-served to seek professional assistance when preparing these items.
For example, a will must meet a number of requirements to be legally valid. First, only adults who are at least 18 years old may create wills. Additionally, individuals who prepare wills must be of sound mind or understand what they are accomplishing through the terms of their will for their documents to stand up in probate.
In Michigan, wills must be signed by two witnesses. Those witnesses must see the testator sign the will or must be present when the testator acknowledges that the will and their signature are valid. Witnesses must also sign the will itself.
A will distributes a person’s estate to their beneficiaries and the parties named in the will. It is important that the will is properly structured and executed, so that the individual’s wishes are fully realized once they have passed on. Without a valid will, a person’s estate may be contested by loved ones and distributed pursuant to the laws of intestacy in Michigan. This post should not stand as legal advice and individuals who are ready to start planning their estates should reach out to attorneys that they know and trust. With experienced legal guidance, you can rest easy knowing you have a solid will in place.