McCunn Law: Your Roseville Wills Lawyers
The attorney team at McCunn Law has extensive experience in the realm of wills, trusts, and other estate planning needs. We understand how important these documents are to your family’s future, and we work diligently to make sure that yours reflects your family’s unique situation. In our nearly 20 years as an estate planning firm, our Roseville wills attorneys have created and executed hundreds of wills, enabling area families to receive the inheritances and care their loved ones dictated before their death.
We are passionate about our responsibilities as the area’s premier estate planning firm. Your life’s work should be protected, and your wishes should become a reality if you pass. We help you protect your hard-earned assets and ensure they land in your family’s hands.
What Can Wills Do?
At their most basic, wills are documents that outline what should happen if you pass. Many people believe that wills apply only to money and assets, but this is not true. Wills can consist of multiple different final wishes, many of which have nothing to do with finances.
One of the most important things you can include in your will is who should care for your minor children should you pass away. This consideration is extremely important for families, as your next of kin is not always the person you want to care for your children after your death. For example, if your spouse died and you remarried, your children with your first spouse may be placed under the care of your second spouse (their stepparent) by the state if you pass away without a will. However, you may prefer that the children live with a grandparent rather than your second spouse. Wills can have a profound impact on your family by designating care of your minor children.
Financially speaking, wills do have a significant amount of power. If you do not properly detail what should happen to your assets when you pass, a probate judge will decide for you. Often, this means that your assets will go to your next of kin. Using the example above, if your assets go to your second spouse, they may choose to leave those assets to their own children or another family member of their choosing. By creating a will that designates a beneficiary for each of your assets, you can ensure the proper people will receive each.
Why Do I Need a Roseville Wills Attorney?
Many websites and textbooks make it seem as though you can write your own will with ease. However, this can be an incredibly risky decision. There are many different federal and state laws regarding the proving or validation of a will, as well as elements that can and cannot be included. If you draft your will incorrectly, use ambiguous language to assign your assets or fail to properly sign and witness your will, it could be rendered void in probate court. This means that your family will not only be forced to wait through this initial probate decision—they will be left with no guidance regarding your wishes, and your assets will be divided by a judge.