A will is one of the most important documents you may ever create. Read on to learn more about creating a will in New York.
What is a Will?
A will is a legal document that declares how your assets will be divided amongst your loved ones in the event of your passing. There are a lot of common misconceptions regarding wills. For example, some people believe you only need to create a will later in life. The truth is, anyone over the age of 18 with any property or assets should consider creating a will. Additionally, many believe that only those of a certain net worth need a will. This is not the case. We all have assets we care about, whether they be of monetary or sentimental value.
Can I Write a Will on my Own?
Some people attempt to create a will without the help of an estate planning attorney. On the surface, this may seem like a good idea. It may seem easier and even cheaper than working with an attorney. In reality, creating a will on your own can cause a number of serious problems. If your will is created or filed incorrectly, it can be found invalid. If your will is found invalid, your assets will be distributed by the state of New York, rather than according to your wishes. This can cause a lot of stress and tension for your loved ones, who may now have to fight over certain assets.
What Makes a Will Valid?
In order for your will to be considered valid, it will have to meet the following requirements:
- The testator must be at least 18 years old and of “sound mind and memory”
- The will must be in writing
- At least two people must witness the signature and sign their names on the will within 30 days of each other
If you have any questions or concerns about creating a will in New York City, our firm is here to help. We will walk you through the process every step of the way. Reach out today to speak with an experienced and dedicated estate planning attorney.
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