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We Can Help You Put An Effective Will Into Place

Wills are a foundational part of estate planning. They accomplish your wishes with regard to many important decisions.

At DeMent & Marquardt, PLC, our lawyers can work with you to develop a tailored, effective will as part of a comprehensive estate plan. We are a highly reputable estate law firm in Kalamazoo. Since 1994, we have provided trusted legal counsel to help people accomplish their wishes and establish a more secure future.

Basics Of Wills In Michigan

Everyone with assets should have a will. Without one, your property will be transferred in accordance with Michigan law rather than your wishes.

A will can accomplish:

  • Property designations: Who you want your property to go to after your passing
  • Guardianship designations: Who you entrust with the care of your children
  • Personal representative: Who you want to handle the administration of your estate

It’s important to note that a will, by itself, does not transfer property. Your estate will still need to go through the probate process to validate your will and effectuate the property transfers.

What Makes A Will Valid?

A valid will in Michigan must be in writing. It must also have:

  • Your signature
  • The signatures of two adult witnesses

Additionally, at the time you create your will, you must have “testamentary capacity,” meaning that you understand what you’re doing. Doubts about testamentary capacity can arise for those with cognitive issues such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. That’s why it’s so important to make a will (and a thorough estate plan) when you’re of sound mind.

Craft A Will That Reflects Your Wishes And Desired Legacy

Everyone deserves a carefully thought-out will that accurately reflects their wishes. Our attorneys can help you craft one.

To learn more, please contact us online or call 269-343-2106.