why do you need a will?

purpose of a will

Asked on September 1, 2017 under Estate Planning, South Dakota


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

A Will ensures that your assets will be distributed as you wish. If you die without one, state law will determine how your estate will be distributed. Additionally, writing a Will allows you to decide who will administer your estate as the executor. Further, a Will enables a person to appoint a guardian for the cre of their minor children, if any. Finally, you can make provision for any special instructions that you may have. For example, if you want to be cremated.

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