This is the final post in a series of articles in which we discussed issues to be considered when preparing a Last Will and Testament in Hartford, Connecticut. A Will is a document in which individuals record their wishes for the resolution of their estate, including naming an executor, guardians for children, and instructions for the distribution of assets to heirs. When preparing this important document, one should be aware that there are legal formalities that must be followed for the Will to be valid. Working with an estate planning attorney can help avoid common mistakes that in some cases can cause a person’s Will to be unenforceable. Our objectives in this series have been to provide information about Will preparation and to encourage residents to contact an experienced estate planning attorney to assist you with the process. If you need assistance, contact our office today to speak with a lawyer.
We addressed the following key topics in this series:
- The legal requirements for creating a valid Will in Connecticut
- Common issues addressed in a Will
- Common mistakes Connecticut residents make when preparing a Will
- The importance of updating a Will
- The importance of hiring an attorney specializing in estate planning
Creating a Last Will and Testament is one of the most important things Hartford residents can do for their families. It is important, therefore, to understand the subjects covered in this series for several reasons. First, failing to observe Connecticut’s laws regarding a valid Will can, in many cases, render a Will unenforceable. An estate planning attorney will understand these requirements and can help ensure that your Will complies with these requirements. Second, many people believe that if they do not have a vast estate, they do not need a Will. This is not the case. Wills can be drafted to address numerous issues that impact most citizens. Third, drafting mistakes and other errors can also create enforceability problems with Wills. For instance, writing an unclear or incomplete Will may force one’s executor or a probate court to misinterpret the document or lead heirs to challenge the Will. Fourth, it is imperative to update one’s Will periodically to ensure that the document is adjusted for major life events and remains accurate. Failing to do so may result in unintended consequences after one passes away. Finally, estate planning can have a significant impact on one’s family and friends. It is essential to consult with an attorney who specializes in this field when creating a Will.
Our estate planning attorneys have extensive experience and are ready to assist you. Contact our office today to speak with a Hartford lawyer. We also serve the areas of Wethersfield, New Britain, Rocky Hill, East and West Hartford, Bristol, Glastonbury, and Manchester, as well as the Middlesex County cities of Middletown and Cromwell.