Michigan estate planning: Making a valid will

While everyone may not need or even want a will, for those who do, having one in place is a great way to make sure that their estates are protected at the time of their deaths. Creating a will, a valid will, can take time, but it is time that may be considered well spent if it means that the document is legally binding. Michigan residents who need help with this can turn to an estate planning attorney in order to make sure they have done all that is necessary to create a valid document.

When it comes to wills, at the end of the day, it is all about execution. How a will is prepared does matter. If any concerns over execution are raised, the administration of one's estate may come to a stand still.

To help avoid questions of validity from being made, a will must meet certain requirements. Failing to meet any of these or others that are state specific will only hurt one's loved ones in the end and may result in the estate being administered in a way that was not intended. General requirements to ensure a will is valid include:

  • Will owner is of legal age
  • He or she is of sound mind
  • He or she intended to make a will
  • The will is made voluntarily
  • Proper arrangements for assets distribution are made
  • The will is signed with witnesses present

A will does not have to be a long and complicated document. The beauty of these documents is that they are customized to only include what one wants to include. An estate planning attorney can assist Michigan residents in creating wills that address their specific needs and are legally binding.

Source: FindLaw, "What Is a 'Valid Will'?", Accessed on May 9, 2017