Last Will and Testament
Why You Need a Last Will and Testament
A last will and testament is a legal document that assigns beneficiaries
to your estate, as well as laying out your final wishes regarding how
your assets will be distributed. If you are worried about what may happen
to your loved ones after you are gone, you are going to want a San Jose
probate and estate planning attorney from the
Law Offices of Timothy D. Henry to professionally guide you through the
estate planning process. For many years, our firm has been helping people in the San Jose
area with simple and advanced estate planning strategies.
We understand how important it is for you to know your loved ones will
be cared for upon your death, and that they can gain access to the assets
and property as you direct. When you come to our firm, we will work with
you closely to determine your ultimate objectives and then help you to
draft your last will and testament accordingly. We will also help you
with all of the other
components of an estate plan so that you have an all-encompassing strategy to protect your estate and
your beneficiaries from excessive taxation or other problems.
If you were to die intestate, without a last will and testament, your existing
property and assets may be tied up in
probate for a long period of time. Your heirs and the beneficiaries you may have
wanted to receive your assets, could suffer unnecessarily, or could even
disagree about what you would have wanted. The state will make the decisions
for you, and essentially becomes your "estate planner."
If you fail to assign
guardianship for your children and suddenly become incapacitated or die, the court
will have no other choice but to make the difficult decision as to what
family member should be granted custody. With a last will and testament,
there will be clear instructions as to how you want your assets to be
divided, which beneficiaries you want to receive what property, who you
want to become the legal guardians of your children and more.
If you want to protect your loved ones, and you already have a good idea
about how you want your assets and property divided in the event of your
death, why leave risk everything by neglecting to prepare a last will
and testament? Our firm is here to help give you the peace of mind that
only comes from having your affairs in order.
San Jose Probate & Estate Planning Attorney
Our state has very specific rules and regulations which must be following
when preparing legal documents such as a last will and testament. Wills
can be challenged if it is believed that there was fraud, or that there
was undue influence brought to bear upon an elderly person who did not
have the capacity to make significant changes to a will. The care with
which the document is prepared is an essential part of the process, and
ensuring that there is less chance of success should your will be challenged later.
Our firm has prepared countless
revocable living trusts and other estate planning documents. We are well-versed on the laws related
to estate planning and we work hard to see that our clients are protected.
If you are considering preparing a will or any other estate planning document, contact a
San Jose estate planning lawyer at our firm today.