People often find themselves wondering if it’s really worth it to go through the hassle of establishing a will. After all, it costs money to put one together and all you’re trying to do is plan for a time that’s, ideally, in the distant future.
Whether people believe they are too young for estate planning or have too few assets, it’s not an uncommon thought. However, we want to stress the importance of estate planning for all adults. You don’t know where the twists and turns of life will take you, so it’s important to protect what you’ve worked hard to earn. Otherwise, you leave your loved ones to pick up the pieces of your life with no real direction – forcing probate courts in the state of Washington to dictate what happens next.
Peace of Mind and Protection for Your Hard Work
Regardless of the size of your estate, a will provides peace of mind and safeguards your hard-earned assets. Without a will, your estate’s fate falls into the hands of a court system that doesn’t know your personal desires after you’re gone.
You may have discussed your intentions with family and friends, but verbal agreements are subject to significant scrutiny. There’s also no guarantee the people you talked to will act in your best interests.
A professionally drafted will legally enforces your desires as long as it follows the letter of the law. This ensures your assets are distributed according to your wishes. At NG Law Firm, our attorneys specialize in crafting wills that reflect your desires, offering you the certainty that your legacy will be honored.
Streamline Your Washington Probate Case
Even with a will in place, your estate may go through probate, although we strive to do all that we can during the planning process to avoid a probate. However, should a probate be necessary, having a well-drafted will streamlines the process, sparing your loved ones from unnecessary delays and complications during an already challenging time.
Imagine a scenario where your family is left waiting for the probate court to sort through your affairs without a will. This arduous process sometimes takes months or even longer depending on the assets and debts left to review. This adds unnecessary emotional stress and financial burdens to the shoulders of your loved ones. With a valid will, the probate court is able to efficiently verify its authenticity, address creditors and taxes, and distribute your assets according to your defined wishes.
Not only does a will define how you want assets and wealth distributed, but you’re able to appoint an executor of your will to carry out those wishes. Without a will, a court will appoint this individual according to a list set by Washington law and allow them to take control of the process.
Work with an Experienced Washington Estate Planning Attorney
Now that you understand the importance of having a will, it’s crucial to take the next step and consult with an experienced Washington estate planning attorney. Remember, it’s never too early to start planning for the future, and it’s never too late unless, well, you’re no longer with us.
At NG Law Firm, our experienced team of attorneys is committed to guiding you through the estate planning process with kindness and professionalism. We understand that every individual and family is unique, and we tailor our services to meet your specific needs and goals.
Contact our team today to get a better understanding of the estate planning process and make sure your plan is ready for all that’s to come in life. A will is just the beginning of your entire estate plan.