Drafting A Will To Make Your Wishes Known
More than half of American adults do not have a will. That’s for rich people. That’s for old people. My family knows what to do.
None of those reasons are valid. You have more assets than you realize. People of all ages die unexpectedly. And even if your family members did know your wishes, that’s not how the law works.
The knowledgeable and helpful estate planning attorneys of Bristle Law can help you write a will to put your wishes in writing and give guidance to your loved ones. We spend the time to make sure your last will and testament is thorough and clear.
Why Do I Need A Will?
That is best answered by explaining what happens without a will. If you passed away with no written will recorded, your estate would be divided according to the Virginia laws of intestacy. Your intentions would not be honored (even if you made verbal assurances to family members), and some of your assets might instead go to the wrong people. The resulting resentments and disputes are not what you want your legacy to be.
A last will and testament can make your wishes clear regarding:
- Who should inherit
- What part of your estate each heir shall receive
- Preferred guardians for your minor children
- Funeral rites and disposition of your remains
- Care of your pets
- Bequests to charity in your name
In conjunction with a will, we can also create powers of attorney and a health care directive (living will) to guide your loved ones and doctors if you become incapacitated.
We Make Sure Your Bases Are Covered
Our lawyers are known for their personal service and attention to detail. We will sit down with you to discuss your assets, your estate planning goals and different scenarios so that you have peace of mind that your wishes are preserved.
We can draft a customized will if you do not have one or update an existing will to reflect changes in your family, marital status or intentions. To schedule a free initial consultation at our office in Manassas, call 703-278-2027 or use our email form. We can also arrange appointments after hours or on weekends.