A will is a legal document that provides instructions as to your last wishes. A current and valid will is the best way to make sure your assets are distributed according to your wishes and to take care of your family after you are gone. Ohio laws provide specific requirements for a will to be valid such as the person writing the will must be over the age of 18, of sound mind and not have been coerced. The law also mandates how the will must be signed and witnessed.

In addition to leaving instructions about what happens to your property, you may also use a will to name an executor (the person responsible for carrying out your wishes), name a guardian for your minor children, and direct how your debts and taxes will be paid.

If you die without a will, your property will be distributed in accordance with Ohio’s “intestacy” laws. Generally, your property first goes to your closest relatives, such as your spouse and children. If you do not have a spouse or children, the search for relatives expands to grandchildren, parents and increasingly distant relatives. If no living relatives can be found, the state will take your property.

Call me today to schedule a free consultation regarding preparing a will at (567) 560-2095.

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