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Monday, February 16, 2015

What is a will?

A will is a document that may include who gets what provisions that name beneficiaries of your estate and how you want your estate to be divided.  You may also include specific distributions of particular pieces of your personal property.  A will may also include who’s in charge provisions, such as naming an executor and a guardian for minor children. 

A will does not “avoid probate.”  Probate Court will typically need to be involved when someone dies owning assets in his/her own personal name.  A will can be viewed as a set of instructions for the Probate Court regarding how the estate should be distributed and who should be in charge.   For more information about Probate Administration click here.




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