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mind at the time the Will is signed. The statutes contain specific requirements governing execution (signing) of the Will and after the death of the testator, the Will must pass through the probate process.
A Will is one of the most important documents you can prepare, as it specifies how your property will be distributed after your death, who will receive your assets, and how your minor children will be cared for. You can specify who will serve as their guardian, who will be the personal representative managing the property comprising your estate, whether the representative will be an individual or an institution, and how your estate will be administered including the payment of taxes owed upon your death. Your Will also may provide for the sale of real and personal property after your death without court supervision.
When you die without a Will, the state - not you - determines how your estate will be distributed. This is determined by statute and it likely will not reflect your wishes. While the distribution of your property may be important, it is not nearly important as how your minor children will be raised after your death. If you die intestate - without a will - your children's upbringing will be determined by statute, not by your wishes. Accordingly, it is most important that you consult with your Agins Law Firm Chandler/Sun Lakes estate planning attorney to discuss the drafting of your Last Will and Testament, to ensure that your children and your assets are dealt with in accordance with your wishes.
There are times when a Last Will and Testament will best serve your needs and other times when a trust may be more beneficial. These choices, among many others, will best be explained during a consultation with your Agins Law Firm Chandler/Sun Lakes elder law and estate planning attorneys.
The form and signing requirements of an Arizona Last Will and Testament are regulated by Arizona Revised Statutes
§ 14-2501 et seq. Generally, the person making the Will -
the "testator" - must be at least 18 years of age and of sound
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