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Wills Attorney

Why You Should Hire a Wills Attorney

A will or a last will and testament helps to protect your family and your property upon the time of your death. A will determines how you would have wanted your property distributed, and what you want to be done to any leftover property after your death. A will can be used to leave property to individuals or organizations, name a trusted person to manage property left to minor children, to name a personal guardian for minor children and/or to name an executor, and states who will carry out the terms of your will. In the State of Virginia, if you die without a will, the property is distributed according to intestacy laws. This means that your property is given to your closest relatives. If you don’t have a spouse or children, it will go to parents, grandchildren or in some cases, even distant relatives. A wills attorney can help you to successfully create a legally sound that will give you peace of mind regarding your property and assets at your die. This is the best case scenario because many people who die without a will can have their property distributed wholly outside of their wishes, whereby a will would have resolved those issues at the time of their death.

Requirements for Signing a Will in VA

To finalize a will in the State of Virginia, you must sign your will in front of two witnesses, and the witnesses must sign the will in front of you. There is no legal requirement to have the will notarized in the state. However, if you want to make your will self-proving, you will need a notary. This will help speed up the probate process because the court can accept the will without contacting the witnesses in the future to verify the will was executed properly when it was made.

Revoking or Changing a Will

You can revoke your will by canceling or destroying it, ordering someone to do so for you, or by making a new will that states that the old will is revoked. If you get divorced, Virginia law revokes any language pertaining to the spouse in the will automatically. If you remarry and don’t make a new will, your will, will not apply to the new spouse. If you need to make changes to your will, it’s best to revoke it with the help of a will’s attorney. If you have simple changes to make, you can make an amendment, known as a codicil.

An experienced wills attorney can ensure you follow all the laws pertaining to wills in the state you live in. They also can ensure that the will is legally sound, in order that you don’t have to worry that it won’t be executed properly and according to your last wishes at the time of your death.

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Greg Baker, Attorneys at Law, PLLC, has years of experience helping those wishing to create a will or other estate planning documents. They offer free legal consultations to those needing legal representation for these types of legal situations. To schedule a legal consultation, call the law office today in Clintwood, VA office at 276-926-7115; Wise, VA office at 276-321-8300, Whitesburg, KY office at 606-403-1222, or our Pikeville office at 606-766-2200. We serve all of Dickenson, Wise Counties along with other counties in Southwest Virginia, including Letcher County, Pike Counties and surrounding communities in South Eastern Kentucky.

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