Your Will Is A Valuable Document In Your Estate Plan
A will is an important part of anyone’s estate plan. By establishing a will, you can direct how you want your assets to be distributed after death. You can also name a personal representative who will carry out the administration of your estate.
Most families mistakenly believe they will avoid probate if they have a will. However, a will just tells the probate court how you want your property distributed. The probate process, even on a smaller estate (less than $40,000) can still be complicated and time-consuming. If it is over $40,000 then the estate must remain open for at least six months and, with all of the procedural requirements and time frames set by statute, usually takes a year.
What If I Do Not Create A Will?
Without a will, your estate will go through probate court. Your estate will be administered according to Missouri intestate succession laws. The court will decide who will receive the wealth and assets you have built up over your lifetime. It is unlikely that the state’s plan is in line with your wishes. By establishing a will, you can take control of the situation and gain the peace of mind that your loved ones will be taken care of in the manner of your choosing.
How We Can Help
At Lisha A. Seery, LLC, we establish wills and other estate planning documents for clients in Springfield and throughout southwest Missouri communities.
Attorney Lisha Prater Seery will work with you personally, listening to your needs and concerns, so she can craft a will that is suited to your unique goals and family situation.
A will must be carefully crafted so that it stands up to scrutiny. We will carefully examine your legal documents to make sure there are no ambiguities that can lead to future disputes. We want to help you achieve your goals while sparing your loved ones from unnecessary conflict and expense.
Contact Us About Wills And Other Estate Planning Matters
Our full-service estate planning law firm is here to take care of all of your legal needs. Contact us online or by telephone at 417-886-8800 to arrange a consultation at Lisha A. Seery, LLC, with our knowledgeable lawyer.