Wills in Washington

Tried and Trusted Wills Service in Washington

Settling your estate is a highly emotive thing to do but, truth be told, it is something that every person needs to do. However, before you begin the process of completing a will, you need to make sure that you have enlisted the legal services of a tried and trusted team that you can fully count on.

At Johnson Law Group International, PLLC, we do just that. Our dedicated team of legal experts know exactly what they are doing and can guide you through the entire will process effortlessly. Our skill and experience in this respect is what sets us apart from many of our competitors in the local area and is one of the main reasons why have become the first number most people call when they need to create a will in Washington.

Three Reasons to Create a Will

What many people don’t know until it is too late is that creating a will is one of the most important things that you can do for both yourself and your family. Not only can a will legally protect your spouse, children and assets, it can also spell out how things were handled after you have passed on. While it is true that everyone’s situation is different, the five most common reasons to create a will are as follows:

  1. You Decide How Your Estate Will Be Distributed: Unlike an informal arrangement, the benefits of a will are that it is a legally binding document that lets you decide how your estate will be handled once you die. If you die without a will, there is no guarantee that your intended desires will be carried out as you wish. Having a will also helps reduce and family fights about your estate should they arise.

  2. You Decide Who Will Take Care of Your Minor Children: Another advantage of creating a will is that it allows you to make a deliberate and informed decision about who should take care of your children in the untimely event of your death. This also makes sure that you do not end up with someone raising your children that you don’t want.

  3. To Avoid a Lengthy Probate Process: Unlike what many people think, all estates must go through the probate process. This is the case whether you have a will or not. However, having a will speeds up this process and makes it easier for your family to sort things out after you die.

Self-Made Wills: Are They Risky?

Many people wonder if they can just make a will themselves. If they make the will themselves, how can it be disputed or contested by someone? Isn’t a document with an official signature enough? Self-made wills can be valid. However, if you create your will without the guidance of an attorney, you leave yourself vulnerable to many grave errors.

When reviewing a self-made will, one of the most common mistakes we see is the exclusion of a residual clause. What is a residual clause? A residual or residuary clause refers to the potential portion of your estate that remains after all claims of the estate have been satisfied. Without a residual clause all the ‘residue’ of the estate will be distributed according to DC’s intestacy laws. These laws would ensure property is given to your closest relatives, beginning with your spouse and then children. However, you might have other wishes for how to distribute your personal assets. That is why a residual clause is important.

If you feel confident in the creation of your will, you should not hesitate to contact Johnson Law Group International, PLLC. We will make sure that your will is valid. In the event of your last will and testament is not clear in its claims, you could wind up leaving your family with a huge burden. If your estate has gone to probate, there could be many delays and additional legal expenses. These legal fees will likely be paid for by your estate.

Wills and the Probate Process

If you have recently lost a loved one, they likely left behind a will. In most cases, you simply cannot be granted immediate access to this loved one’s assets, regardless of what the will says. The executor of the will often has to go through the process of probate before assets can be accessed and appropriately distributed.

What is probate? It is a legal process which is undertaken to determine the validity of the deceased’s will. Why is it important to determine a will’s legitimacy? It is in the best interest of all parties involved that the will in question is the only official will. Financial institutions and other holders of the deceased’s assets would not want to deal with the emergence of another will long after the executor has been granted access to the assets. Some common instances one might be required to probate a will include:

  • • The authenticity of the will is in question, or no existing will has been found.
  • • A large sum of funds or many assets has been left behind by the deceased.
  • • The deceased does not have a surviving spouse.

Johnson Law Group International, PLLC is here to help you handle your loved one’s estate. If their estate has entered the probate process, you should have the best legal counsel available in the Washington area. Probating an estate can be quite time-consuming and complicated. The work involved can be too great of a burden for some people to handle on their own, especially during a time of grieving.

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Let’s face it, nobody likes to think about dying. The loss and sense of sadness that accompanies death is very hard to deal with and something that most people don’t want to consider. However, the reality of the situation is that death is an inevitability for every one of us and if you want to make this transition as smooth as possible for the friends and family left behind then the mature and responsible thing to do is to create and write a will in advance.

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