All Wills Articles
Last-minute wills, often called "deathbed wills", can be just as valid as a will you create in advance yourself or in a lawyer's office.
Wills with a "self-proving affidavit" attached are easier to prove valid in probate court.
A will typically must be properly witnessed to be valid.
If the will doesn't truly reflect the wishes of the deceased person because someone unethically pressured that person, family members can file an undu...
Any estate planning lawyer will tell you that a joint will, usually created by a married couple, is generally a bad idea.
Oral wills might have worked when many people were illiterate, but not today. These days, a written and signed will is necessary.
There's really no such thing as a video will--you still need an old-fashioned, signed, paper document.
When does a will need to be updated, or replaced with a new will? Usually, significant life events trigger the need for a new document.
It's not enough just to find the will--the executor also must make sure that the will-maker didn't revoke or replace it later.
In a few states, you may run across a simple fill-in-the-blanks form will provided by the state. They're not common, primarily because they are so inf...
It sounds simple--but in many cases, the definition of children in a will can become a contentious issue.
In the absence of a will, the closest relatives of the deceased inherit, in an order that's set out in your state's law.
A holographic or handwritten will can be a binding legal document, in some states and in some circumstances.
If the deceased person left a living trust as well as a will, you're likely to be dealing with a "pour-over" will.
If you're the executor and can't find a will--or the will you've got isn't valid--state law steps in.
Does a former spouse still inherit from the estate? Depends on where you live.
It's usually difficult to successfully challenge a will--but it happens.
Everybody needs a will - but most people don't need to pay a lawyer to draft it. Online wills and software can guide you through the process easily an...
Both a living trust and a will serve to transfer property after we pass away, but they work very differently.