Snohomish County Washington Wills Attorney
A will is a foundational part of any estate plan because when you die intestate (meaning without a will), state law then determines who will receive your property, and it is a judge who renders these decisions that might not be in accordance with your wishes. Dying without a will can prove to be a very expensive and stressful experience for your family members, so you will want to work with a Snohomish County estate planning lawyer so you can have a will reflecting your true desires.
While no legal document is going to resolve every issue that can arise after your death, the will comes about as close to any of them because it clearly spells out how you want children to be cared for and how you want your assets to be distributed. A will can also help you save your family money when it comes to taxes.
Washington state law dictates that a testator for a will needs to be at least 18 years of age and capable of reasoning and making decisions. The will must be a testamentary will, meaning you sign the will in the presence of witnesses.
A testamentary will is perhaps the best insurance against any challenges to your wishes by family members or business associates after you die. Washington does not recognize holographic wills (handwritten wills without witnesses) and state law also places restrictions on nuncupative or oral wills in which testators speak wishes before witnesses, as personal property is limited to $1,000, and real estate designations are prohibited in these cases.
A will in Washington will require at least two witnesses. Chapter 11.12 of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) dictates the laws relating to wills in the state.
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Do you need a will in the state of Washington? You will want to work with Bountiful Law for assistance to ensure that your wishes will be honored.
Our firm understands how important these concerns can be to people, so we will work closely with you to make sure that everything you are hoping for can be realized. You can call 425.775.9700 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation that will let us really examine your case and outline what you should include in your will.