Control Your Legacy With A Will
The legacy you leave behind suffers greatly if you die without a will. We hear all the time about families in our community who suffer financially because their loved one died without a will or a trust. When this happens, the estate of the deceased goes to the probate court, tying up distribution of funds from the estate for months or even years. Having a will can mean the difference between having a home or farm stay in the family and being forced to sell your assets in order to settle your loved one’s estate.
At The Ritter Law Office, L.L.C., we have been helping families in our community plan for the future for two generations. We understand how to structure a will to make sure that your family is taken care of after you’re gone. Our attorneys spend time with you to understand your goals and create a unique will that meets your wishes.
What Is A Will?
At its core, a will is a legal document that allows you to control how your money and belongings (known as your estate) are distributed after you die. For couples or individuals with minor children, a will also allows you to choose who will take care of your children after you are gone by naming a guardian. The document itself lists out all heirs and itemizes what each heir will receive. In addition, most wills name an executor whose job it is to distribute the assets of the estate according to the directives outlined in the will. It’s not uncommon for the executor to be one of the heirs named in the will.
If you die without a will, a judge in probate court will decide how to distribute your money and property based on New Jersey law, regardless of the family’s wishes.
Contact The Attorneys At The Ritter Law Office, L.L.C.
To speak with one of our attorneys about setting up a will, call us at 866-930-0233 or fill out our online contact form.