A Will is a legal document that allows you to distribute your property to those you choose. A Will allows you to designate who is to receive certain items from your estate when you die. For example, if you wanted your favorite stamp collection and antique car to go to your favorite uncle, you could designate him as the beneficiary of these items in your Will. The Personal Representative is the person you designate in the Will who will carry out your wishes after you are gone.
A Will also gives parents of minor children a place to nominate a guardian for them. The court makes the final decision when appointing the guardian for your minor children after your death, but the court will usually accept the nomination you designated in your Will.
A Will will be admitted to Probate Court upon your passing. This will ensure that the court will oversee the administration of your estate after you passing, but it also means that there will be attorney’s fees, court costs, time delay, and a public administration of your estate.
Contributed by MH Arrowhead, Scottsdale and Phoenix Estate Planning Attorney and Partner, David T. Eastman.
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