Wills, Trusts & Estates

Last Will and Testament

Last Will and Testament

Do you Need a Will?

Most likely, yes.  If you have children, you should have a will to ensure children are provided for if something happens to you and your spouse.  If both you and your spouse die, and If you do not have a will, the State will decide who takes care of your child.  If you want someone to inherit who would not otherwise, you need a will.  And when you come in to make a will, I will speak to you about other parts of your estate plan.  There is a lot more to planning than just a will.

Does a will have to cost a lot of money?

No.  A will does not have to cost a lot of money.   My fees start at as little as $500.00 for a simple will, basic estate planning session and health care proxy and living will.  

For clients who have more complicated needs, I will do my best to let you know the cost before you even walk into my office.

Do I need an attorney to make a will?

No, but there are some very good reasons to have one make it for you.  First, there may be something you overlook in making your will, and it will not do what you want it to do.  Second, you could miss a step in executing the will, and that could cause a lot of trouble for your heirs, or even make the will invalid.  Third, there’s more to estate planning than a will, and I counsel my clients beyond the will.

What do I need to make a will?

You need to be of sound mind, and 18 or older, and it helps to be able to be able to sign it.  Your attorney needs to know if you are married, have any children, and other details about your family.  To know what kind of estate planning you need, your attorney needs information about your assets, whether you own a home, have stocks, bonds, cash in a mattress, or a rare collection of antiques.

You need to know what property you have, how it is titled, and who you want to leave such property. 

While few people feel comfortable about discussing it, a will lets you specify your wishes what to do with your body when you are gone.  

How long does it take to get a will?

In most cases, you can get a will in a week to ten days.    Why not just one day?  I typically schedule two visits for you, one to gather information and find out what you want, and another to execute the will.   If you need it sooner, let me know and I will see what I can do.

If you need more advanced estate help

Of course I stand ready and able to assist you.  For persons with substantial assets or disabled persons who you wish to provide for, you may need more advanced estate help.

Call my office today to make an appointment to make a will and work out your estate plan.  You will be glad you did.  My number is (212) 431-5757.

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