A Long Island estate planning attorney should be consulted if you want to update your last will and testament. There are many reasons why you may wish to make updates to your will. Whether you’ve acquired new assets, sold old ones, added a new child to your life, or married or divorced, you may experience many big changes in your life that necessitate adjustments to your legacy plan. When you need to make changes to your will, you shouldn’t try to do it on your own. Instead, you should get the proper legal advice.
Mark S. Eghrari & Associates PLLC can help you to make any and all updates to your will so those updates will be legally valid, so you can avoid confusion and so you can maximize the chances your will can be probated successfully so your wishes are respected. To find out more about the ways in which a Long Island estate planning attorney at our firm can help you to make updates to your will – and to learn why getting legal help when updating your will is so important – give us a call today.
Why Talk to an Estate Planning Attorney When Updating Your Will
If you have made the choice to update your will, it is important to talk with an attorney to get help for many different reasons, including the following:
- Your lawyer can help you to follow all formal legal steps for updating your will: You should make certain that you write down your changes, that you have the appropriate number of witnesses, that your desires are clear, and that you have clearly expressed your preferences regarding whether your changes should be an update to your existing will or whether you are writing an entirely new will. An attorney can help you with these issues to maximize the chances your updates will be valid.
- Your attorney can help you to determine if updating your will is the right approach: When you want to make a change to how your assets are distributed, you may naturally assume a will is the right tool to use. However, there are circumstances where other legal tools such as trusts may actually be preferable. For example, if you are updating your will in order to leave money to a minor child, your attorney can advise you on the creation of a trust that could give you more control over how the assets are managed until the child turns 18 and that could allow you to specify the age at which the child is given control over the inherited assets.
These are just some of the many reasons why it makes sense for you to talk with a Long Island estate planning attorney about updating your will. You do not want to mistakenly think that you have put the right updates in place as your life has changed, only to discover that your new modifications or new adjustments to your old will are not valid.
In a worst case scenario, the problem with your updates to your will might not even be discovered until it is too late and until there is no way for the desired changes to be made. If the issues with your updates to your will are not discovered until after your death, for example, then there will be no way for you to make your current wishes clear about your last will and testament.
Getting Help from A Long Island Estate Planning Attorney
A Long Island estate planning attorney at Mark S. Eghrari & Associates PLLC can provide the help that you need in order to ensure that any updates you want to make to your will are recognized as valid and are legally enforceable. You don’t want to take a chance that your wishes will not be respected or tae a chance that the most updated version of your will won’t be probated after your death. You should reach out to our legal team today if you need to make any changes to your estate plan so you can do it right and have the peace of mind of knowing your updated plans will control your legacy.
To find out about the assistance we can provide as you update your last will and testament or other estate planning documents, join us for a free seminar. You can also give us a call at (631) 265-0599 or contact us online to get personalized one-on-one advice about the specific updates to your estate plan that you want to make. Call today to get your updates started.
Latest posts by Mark S. Eghrari, Estate Planning Attorney (see all)
- June Is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month - June 28, 2018
- Why Your Heirs Need You To Talk to Long Island Medicaid Attorneys - June 25, 2018
- How Elder Law Attorneys Help You Save for Retirement - June 21, 2018