Wills

Will Lawyers in Troy

Estate Planning Attorneys Serving Oakland County & Surrounding Areas

A last will and testament is an integral part of your estate planning process, and it’s the most common way to ensure your assets are distributed to your heirs according to your wishes. So, to prepare a will according to your needs it is essential to have an experienced wills attorney in Troy, MI.

The experienced lawyers at The Center for Elder Law and BRMM can assist you in preparing a will that will protect your assets and distribute them properly once you’ve passed away. Our will attorney knows the ins and outs of proper will preparation and can help keep yours out of probate court.

Why is a Will Important?

It is essential to have a will. It is a legal document that specifies who should inherit your property after your death. With a will, you can name a “personal guardian” to care for any minor children in the case that you and the other parent dies or if the surviving parent is unable to care for the children. They will have legal guardianship of the children until they turn 18.

What Happens if I Die Without a Will?

If you die without a will, your state’s laws on succession will be applied to your case. Generally, a spouse and children are “next-in-line” to inherit your property. If you do not have a spouse or children, close relatives like your parents, siblings, and grandparents will inherit your property. If you have no relatives, your property will go to the state.

Do You Need an Attorney for a Will?

While you don’t technically need an attorney for a will, it is recommended to have one. An experienced attorney can build a sound and specific will. An attorney will also be there to help you update the will if need be. Probably the biggest benefit will be that they will help you avoid easy to make mistakes.

What Makes a Will Legal?

Generally, states require these for the will to be valid:

  • The testator (writer of the will) is 18 years old and of sound mind.
  • The document must state that it is the testator’s will.
  • The will is printed, except in the case where it is handwritten.
  • There is a provision that disposes of property or names a guardian for minor children.
  • An executor is appointed on the document.
  • The testator and two witnesses must sign and date the will. The witnesses should be 18 years old and not be beneficiaries in the will.

It is not necessary to get your will notarized, however, it may make the probate process easier.


Need to prepare a will? Contact BRMM at (248) 213-9514 for a free consultation.


Commonly Asked Questions

How can a wills attorney in Troy, MI assist me with estate planning?

A wills attorney in Troy, MI can provide comprehensive assistance with your estate planning needs. They can help you draft a will that accurately reflects your wishes for asset distribution after your passing, ensuring that your estate is managed according to your preferences. Additionally, they can guide you through the legal requirements to make your will valid, offer advice on appointing a guardian for minor children, and help you understand how your will can keep your estate out of probate court.

Why is having a will important for residents in Oakland County and surrounding areas?

For residents in Oakland County and surrounding areas, having a will is crucial as it ensures that your assets are distributed according to your wishes after your death. It allows you to appoint a guardian for your minor children and can prevent the state from determining how your estate is divided, which can happen if you die without a will. A will can also simplify the probate process for your heirs, providing them with clear guidance during a difficult time.

Can I update my will after it has been created, and how can an attorney help with this?

Yes, you can update your will after it has been created. Life events such as marriage, divorce, the birth of a child, or a significant change in assets may necessitate changes to your will. An attorney can help by reviewing your current will, advising on necessary updates, and ensuring that any amendments comply with Michigan laws. This helps maintain the validity of your will and ensures that it continues to reflect your current wishes.

Contact Our Estate Planning Lawyers serving in Troy, Oakland County, & Surrounding Areas

Talk to one of our compassionate estate planning attorneys today to see how we can assist with your last will and testament. Planning ahead today leads to peace of mind for the future.

If you currently find yourself caught in a struggle over the contents of a will and need assistance resolving an inheritance dispute, contact a skilled probate litigator at BRMM.

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