Why Do You Need A Will?
A properly drafted will ensures that your assets will be distributed, upon your death, to the beneficiaries of your choosing rather than the beneficiaries determined by Massachusetts State Law (M.G.L. c. 190). If you have minor children, you should designate in your will the person who you wish the court to appoint as guardian of your children. Also, if you have specific assets (jewelry, heirlooms, etc…) you wish to go to specific heirs, you can make those specific bequests in your will. If there are heirs you wish omit, it is important to state that in the will to avoid contests.
In Massachusetts any person at least 18 years of age may make a will. The will must be in writing, and signed by the testator in the presence of two competent witnesses. Each witness must sign in the presence of the testator. If the testator is unable to sign, he or she can direct another person to sign in his or her presence.
The legal requirements for executing wills are specific. If they are not properly followed, a will could be invalidated. If you have any questions about wills, call Massachusetts Estate Planning Attorney Brian M. Glover at (508) 990-4555.