A will, sometimes called a last will and testament, is a document that states your final wishes for the disposition of your property and the care of any minor children, after you death.
You may name an executor, guardians for children and their property, decide how debts and taxes are paid, and provide for family, friends, and pets. A will can also leave instructions for loved ones for final arrangements for your funeral.
It is interpreted by a county court, and the court will ensure that your final wishes are carried out. The requirements for how a will should be executed vary state by state, and will determine the legality of the document. Many people choose to write their own wills, and if so, please review the specific legal requirements in your state before doing so to make sure the document will be valid.
As wills, and estate planning in general, can be complicated depending on the unique circumstances of one's estate, you may want to contact an attorney to ensure your wishes and intentions regarding the disposition of your property and the care of any loved ones is properly handled.
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