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Estate Planning Attorneys Draft And Update Wills To Plan For Property And Finances

We understand that it can feel overwhelming to make plans for the property and assets you have accumulated over a lifetime, and it can be difficult to think about how your children should be cared for should the unthinkable happen. We are gratified when our clients come to realize that procrastination is not the right strategy for estate planning. Our goal is to help people in the Vancouver area and throughout Washington to create wills in which they can feel confident and secure.

Morse Busby Andrews & Terry LLP offers a full range of services relating to wills, including drafting, review, amendment, revocation, execution and administration through probate. Our experience enables us to provide reliable and practical estate planning advice to people in Washington and Oregon from all walks of life. Our office is capable of handling estates of all sizes and levels of complexity, creating clear and enforceable instructions that accurately convey our clients’ intentions. We also help clients interpret and challenge wills after a death in the family, when appropriate.

Creating Comprehensive Legacy Instructions

Simple mistakes can render wills invalid in whole or in part. To make sure that your wishes can be carried out, it is wise to hire a respected law firm. Essential elements of a valid will include intent, clear language and proper execution.

Intent

The testator, the person who creates the will, must intend that the document be a last will and testament at the time it is made. The testator must be of sound mind and comprehension and must create the will voluntarily, without coercion or undue influence.

Clear Language

A statement within a will that is confusing or open to various interpretations can invalidate all or part of the will.

Proper Execution

A traditional will is written, signed by the testator and often affirmed by a witness.

An error in the drafting of your will can cause confusion in the court and conflict among beneficiaries. Morse Busby Andrews & Terry LLP offers pertinent, personal and comprehensive legal advice for drafting valid wills.

Make Plans To Protect Your Loved Ones With Our Attorneys’ Thorough Guidance

Your last will and testament provides the opportunity to distribute your property and finances, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes upon your death. A will is the primary means by which you can leave property to a person or entity other than a blood relative, such as a domestic partner, a friend or a charity. If you die without a will, the court determines how your estate is distributed, making decisions that might not reflect your desires. Our lawyers can draft clear, legally sound wills that include several key considerations.

Property

Real estate is typically the most valuable property a person or couple owns. Wills can include instructions for all kinds of property, from homes, automobiles and art to sentimental objects.

Financial Assets

A wide array of financial assets can be accounted for in a will. You can choose how the wealth you hold in bank accounts, stocks, bonds, retirement plans and other sources of value should be distributed among your beneficiaries.

Child Guardianship

Your will allows you to make contingency plans for the care of your minor children. This is especially crucial if you are a single parent, but couples should also consider whom they want to raise their children if both parents pass away. You can also make arrangements in your will for the care of your pets.

Executor Responsibilities

Your will can include instructions for who should be in charge of overseeing the distribution of your property and seeing to it that your wishes are carried out.

Contact Our Estate Planning Lawyers For Help With A Will

As your life unfolds, your circumstances and concerns may shift. To remain current, you should review and update your will intermittently. We can advise you on your will in light of your current finances, marital status and family situation. The lawyers at Morse Busby Andrews & Terry LLP draft valid supplements (known as codicils) that address changes in your state of affairs and outlook.

Morse Busby Andrews & Terry LLP takes the mystery out of wills and drafts wills to meet the needs of our clients in Washington and Oregon. Call us at 855-960-6065 or complete our online form to schedule a consultation at our Vancouver office.