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Of course, it makes sense that a Rancho Palos Verdes wills and estates attorney would tell you to create a will, right?  Our job is to help people plan for what will happen to their estates once they’re gone.  But, having been involved in estate planning in Rancho Palos Verdes for such a long time, it’s clear that the message of proper planning is something more people still need to hear.

That’s why I’ve put together a list of four brief reasons that explain why you need a will…and why it must be created sooner, rather than later.  There are certainly many other aspects to consider, but these can have a great impact on the future of your estate:

Reason You Need a Will #1:  It Saves Money

There are so many financial issues that come into play once an individual has passed away, and it really does take a trained lawyer to understand them and come up with a solid game plan.  An estate planning attorney can help you take advantage of tax benefits that you might not have otherwise known were available, as well as help you save an incredible amount of money that can be passed on to your heirs.

Reason You Need a Will #2:  It Protects Your Family

Not all adults have minor children, but those who do should have a will in place that names who they want to be their child(ren)’s legal guardian in case of death or incapacitation.  If you and your wills lawyer in Rancho Palos Verdes have not formally and legally laid out this information, then it will be up to the courts to determine who will raise your children in your absence.  Keeping your will updated also protects other family members as you can determine what goes to whom, rather than having family members cause fights and drama over your estate.

Reason You Need a Will #3:  It Keeps Real Estate Intact

Do you own a house or other property?  If so, and you pass away without a will, the courts will likely pass co-ownership of that property to your heirs.  What happens when some of your heirs want to keep the property and others want to sell it?  What if you specifically want a certain heir to inherit your property?  What if you don’t want your heirs inheriting the property and would rather leave it to someone outside the family instead? Without a will, the answers to all of these questions will be completely out of your control.

Reason You Need a Will #4:  You Might Not Be Allowed to Do It Later

One of the requirements of a valid will is that the person creating it is of “sound body and mind.”  If you become a victim of an illness or injury that brings your ability to make sound judgments into question, you may be unable to put together a legally binding will later on.  Anyone who does not agree with your decisions can simply contest the will saying that you were not competent to make those choices, and the whole thing could end up in court.

Of course, there are many, many other reasons to meet with a Rancho Palos Verdes lawyer and have an estate plan designed that addresses your unique legal and financial needs.  We’re happy to help you get started with the process, so if you have further questions about wills here in Rancho Palos Verdes or you’d like to move forward protecting the people and things you love, please give our office a call at (310) 782-6322, and ask to schedule an Initial Consultation.