Last Will & Testament
The only way to ensure that your property will go to the beneficiaries that you choose is to leave a valid will.
Attorney James A. Ritter has extensive experience with ensuring that your Last Will and Testament covers all the appropriate parameters to guarantee that your wishes are legally documented and executed accurately after your passing.
What Happens Without a Last Will and Testament?
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will effectively provide a will for you according to the state’s intestacy laws if you fail to make a will before you die. Without a will, you die intestate and state law determines the disposition of your assets as governed by the Probate Court. As a result, for example, your spouse’s inheritance could be limited to as little as 50 percent of your estate. Additionally, you would have no say in who raises your children after you’re gone. A probate court judge will appoint a guardian for them if you do not make your wishes known.
Last Will & Testament is Important for Every Adult in Every Stage of Life
Attorney James A. Ritter encourages every adult, at any age, to prepare a Last Will & Testament to ensure that your assets go to the beneficiaries of your choosing. As one of the building blocks of Estate Planning, the Last Will & Testament is a legal document that expresses your wishes as to the disposition of your assets after your death. The will should also appoint a person as the “Executor” to pay your final bills and finalize your affairs.
Last Will & Testament for Parents with Children
A will may also appoint a Guardian of the Person for any children who are minors. It can also require that any beneficiaries be a certain age before they receive any of your assets. For example, you may require that a beneficiary of your assets has to be 25 years of age versus the legal age of 18 years. You may also appoint a Guardian of the Estate for children who are minors.
Wills Are NOT Just for the Elderly or Wealthy
Contact Attorney James A. Ritter regarding your need for a Last Will & Testament. It is never too early in your adult life to ensure that your assets go to the beneficiaries of your choosing. And, don’t worry, James A. Ritter can modify your will, when necessary, to accommodate all stages of your life.