What is a will?

A will is a legal document that sets forth your wishes regarding the distribution of your property and the care of any minor children. To maximize the likelihood that your wishes are carried out, you want a will that is set forth in writing, and signed by you and your witnesses (see self-proving/testamentary will, below). If your will does not meet these standards, your instructions may not be carried out.

Why do I need a will?

In case you do not have a will, the responsibility falls on the Court to decide how your property, family heirloom, pets, cash and investments get distributed, based on your specific State law. Even if you own very little, it is still a good idea to have a valid Will so that you can ensure that your possessions end up with the family members, friends and charities of your choosing.

Fast Facts

92% of Americans under 35 don't have a will

32%  of Americans would rather get a root canal than create a will

13%  of Americans believe a spouse/children will automatically receive assets

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