Must you list everything by item or can you simply say the contents of the house with special directions of certain items?

The other beneficiary is to receive a grandfather clock and nothing else from the contents of the house.

Asked on December 15, 2011 under Estate Planning, Delaware


Steven Fromm / Steven J Fromm & Associates, P.C.

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Yes, but having artfully drawn language in a will requires the services of a trained and experienced estate lawyer.  Do not try this on your own since doing so will definitely will result in a fight or a lawsuit when you are gone and someone has to interpret your layman's language.  This type of do it yourself task that end up in court.  Spend the time and money to get your will drafted correctly; it will be cheaper and better for all concerned in the long run.

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