When you create a will, you choose who will receive your property, you select someone you trust to act as the "personal representative” or "executor,” and if you have children under 18 years of age, you appoint the person you want to be their legal guardian if you die. Creating a will is the cornerstone of an estate plan, but can this be done using a statutory will? A statutory will is a “fill-in-the-blank” form that is simple to complete, inexpensive to prepare, but very limited in its use. A … [Read more...] about What are Statutory Wills?
Creating a will is the cornerstone of estate planning, don’t underestimate the need for a valid, legal will. It is necessary, even if you have a living trust, to name an executor for your estate, to name a guardian for any children under the age of 18 and to distribute or ‘pour over’ any property not owned by a living trust. The popularity of do it yourself will kits and forms has increased over the past decade, but there are four things that may be missing from this estate planning document … [Read more...] about Four Items a Will Should Have