A will, or a “last will and testament,” is the most integral legal document in your estate plan. When you pass away, your will guarantees that you still have absolute control over how your assets and properties will be divided amongst your chosen beneficiaries. Most importantly, it may help your loved ones quickly pass through the costly and time-consuming probate process. If you don’t have a will, the court can legally distribute your estate in reflection of the District of Columbia’s laws and not in accordance to your personal wishes and preferences.
When you create a will in Washington, D.C., it:
- Designates how your assets and property should be divided
- Names an executor to your estate
- Assigns guardianship for minor children
Working with an estate planning lawyer is the best way to ensure the validity of each legal document in your estate plan. While do-it-yourself wills are available online, they don’t account for the District of Columbia’s unique laws or reflect your specific financial circumstances and family dynamics. With over 40 years of experience, the Washington, D.C. estate planning attorneys at DiPietro Law Group, PLLC can draft a will that clearly dictates your personal wishes and effectively expedites the probate process.
Call our estate planning lawyers at (202) 902-9587 to learn more about the benefits of drafting a will.
Making a Will in Washington, D.C.
If you pass away without a will in Washington, D.C., your assets and property may be distributed by the court once the probate process is complete. For this reason, it’s necessary to follow the District of Columbia’s specific guidelines to avoid having your will invalidated.
Requirements for a lawful will include:
- It must be typed or handwritten
- The testator must be 18 years or older
- It must be signed by the testator or a valid proxy
- A signature must be present at the end of the document
- There needs to be two witnesses when the will is signed
Just because your will is created doesn’t mean that you can’t make modifications in the future. In fact, it’s recommended that you update the entirety of your estate plan once every few years just to account for any new properties or changes in your financial circumstances.
Start the Process Today
Contact the estate planning lawyers at DiPietro Law Group, PLLC if you’re interested in evaluating your legal options or are ready to draft your will. We have the knowledge and experience to guide you through the entirety of the drafting process. Our attorneys can also help you modify your estate plan in the future so that it can’t be challenged by the court or your beneficiaries.
Your peace of mind is our priority. Contact DiPietro Law Group, PLLC at (202) 902-9587 to schedule a consultation today.