A will is a legal document that designates to whom your assets go at your death, who your executor will be, and who may be the guardian of your minor children. In a will, you can pass down property and financial assets to your heirs, remember friends and relatives, and make financial gifts to favorite charities. Every adult should create a will to memorialize their wishes in the event of your death. As your assets and your family grow, it’s even more important to have a will and keep it updated.
At Solomon, Steiner & Peck, Ltd., our estate planning attorneys review, draft and update wills for our clients. If it is time to prepare or update your will, please contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Is a Will Enough?
In addition to a will, it is important to have other estate planning documents, including a heath care power of attorney, a living will and a durable power of attorney. In some cases, you should consider a trust as well as a will. Our estate planning lawyers can help you understand which documents make sense for you.
We not only prepare wills, we also help clients contest and overturn a will. There are four reasons for contesting a will:
- You can overturn a will or trust if the person making it was not of sound mind and memory.
- You can overturn a will if you can prove the maker was under undue influence.
- If a person is led into making a will by lies and deception, the will should be held invalid for fraud.
- The final reason is mistake. For example, if your brother hands your mom a revised will while she’s lying in the hospital and she doesn’t realize she’s signing a new will, it should be invalid.
If we can be of assistance in any matter involving a will, please contact our law office. With locations in Mayfield Heights, Independence, and Westlake, we serve clients through northeast Ohio.