Attorney In Summerville & Charleston for a Last Will and Testament
Attorney Brent Suttles helps to prepare Wills for people in and near Summerville and Charleston, South Carolina. In South Carolina, a Will directs where you want your property, money, and your belongings (your estate) to go after your death. Otherwise, if you die without a Will (intestate), then a court will follow South Carolina’s laws to determine who gets your estate. A Will also names the person that you wish to serve as Personal Representative (PR). The PR is responsible for handling your estate, filing paperwork with the Probate Court, and distributing your estate according to your wishes.
Why You Should Hire a Lawyer to Prepare Your Will in South Carolina
When it comes to creating a Will, there are many “do-it-yourself” options available online. However, there are potential problems with “DIY” Wills. In South Carolina, there are several legal formalities that must be followed when drafting a will for your will to be valid. There are also different ways of achieving the results you intend when dividing your estate. If your Will does not comply with South Carolina laws, it may not hold up in court when you need it to. Also, oftentimes these DYI kits do not take into account your unique circumstances and your needs. With our guidance, you can rest easy knowing your Will complies with South Carolina’s law and that it is customized to meet your estate planning needs.
Some Things You Should Know About Wills in South Carolina
A Last Will and Testament is only one part of the estate planning process. For example, unlike a Power of Attorney, a Will has no legal authority until after death. So, a Will cannot help you manage your personal affairs if you become incapacitated.
Additionally, unlike a living trust, a Will does not help your estate avoid probate. A Will is the legal document that must be submitted to the probate court.
A will is a good place to designate who should be the guardians of your minor children if you pass. If you leave this choice to chance, then you could be setting up a battle in family court between relatives and your children could end up with the wrong guardians.
Let Attorney Brent Suttles Prepare Your Last Will and Testament
To protect your assets and your family, contact attorney Brent Suttles to help your draft your last will and testament.