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Wills And Trusts

Written by Jason Dumpit
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If you are preparing to do some estate planning, congratulations--preparing the documents that will ensure that your property and assets go to loved ones is something that nobody, regardless of age or health, should overlook. In doing this, you're not alone. There are many legal resources out there that can help you through the process.

Some Estate Planning Basics

Upon your death, your property goes through a process referred to as "probate." Simply put, this is a proving of your will's validity or, if you haven't provided a will, then a lengthier process which determines to whom your property will go. Obviously, to keep things simple and hassle-free for your loved ones, not to mention making sure that your assets go to the right people, you'll need to leave clear, legally valid documentation. If you die without a will, then there are set guidelines for how your estate is distributed.

A will should be prepared and signed, before witnesses, now--while you are in full control of your faculties and know exactly what you want done. If you wish to leave your property in a trust, then you will need to arrange for trustees to manage it for your selected beneficiaries. All of these documents are extremely complex matters, and should be handled with the consultation of an attorney with extensive experience in estate planning.

The probate process, will and testament writing, and trust planning and execution are procedures which require thorough knowledge of the related laws. Your first step is to locate lawyer information and carefully choose proper representation. Knowing how to find a lawyer is as simple as logging on to the Internet and searching an online directory. You can enter your estate planning issues into an online form, and a list of capable local attorneys will be submitted to you.

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