Why does someone need a Wiil?

What is its purpose?

Asked on October 1, 2017 under Estate Planning, New York


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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

A Will is alegal instrument that ensures your assets will be distributed accordingly to your wishes. If you die without one, then state law will determine how your estate is distributed. Further, executing a Will allows you to decide who administers your estate as executor. Additionally, a Will enables a you to appoint a guardian for the care of minor children, if any. Finally, you can make provisions for any special instructions that you might have. For example, where you want to be buried, etc.

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