Last Will

A will is created to set forth in writing what your final wishes are regarding the distribution of your assets and who will carry out those wishes for you.  When preparing a last will, you will choose a personal representative who is responsible for administering and settling the estate.

  • Distribute your estate according to your wishes – not the  state’s wishes
  • Appoint a guardian for minor children
  • Appoint a personal representative to administer and settle the estate

When establishing your will, you may want to include a provision with instructions regarding the disposition of your last remains.  If you have minor children (under the age of 18), your will should include appointing a guardian to raise your minor children, in the event of your death.

Since a will does not prevent probate like a trust does, a will is filed with the courts upon the death of the testator (person creating the will) and a probate is initiated.  Probate proceedings will vary in length and expense depending on the type of probate filed.  Probate procedures will generally last anywhere from five months to a year or two and can be expensive to process.

The information provided on this web site is for general information only. If you need legal advice, please consult an attorney.  Paralegal Consultants, Inc. is an Arizona Certified Legal Document Preparer, certified by the Arizona Supreme Court. An LDP is neither an attorney nor employed by an attorney and therefore, we cannot provide legal advice, opinions, or recommendations to you. However, an LDP may provide general information pertaining to the documents being prepared on behalf of the client.
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