Your will is the place where your loved ones will turn to find out what you want to happen with your assets. You should make sure that this document is properly executed and ready to provide concise instructions when the time comes. There are several things that you need to remember when you are creating a will.
One important point is that your will has to be your own doing. Nobody can have an undue influence on what you put into the document. There is a chance that if you change it unexpectedly, your loved ones might end up launching a contest to the will on the basis of someone having undue influence. This might come if you take your family members out of the will to put an unrelated caregiver into your will.
Another thing to remember is that the will has specific limitations. Typically, you can’t disinherit minor or dependent children. You might not be able to disinherit a spouse. Additionally, you can’t include terms in the will that go against a prenuptial agreement. Making sure that you don’t encroach on any of the limitations can make it easier on your family when you pass away.
It is a good idea to go over the terms of the will with your loved ones while you are able to answer their questions. This might help to take the uncertainty out of the will when you are gone. It might make it possible for you to address any issues now so that they can move on with the estate’s probate process without having to challenge the will.
Source: FindLaw, “Wills: An Overview,” accessed March 09, 2018