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Why make a will?

The best reason for making a Will is to leave your property to the people, churches and charities you care about. Wills are not only for people who want to set up trusts or save on taxes.

If you die before making a Will, in most circumstances your property will be distributed to your family according to rules established by the legislature – and perhaps not exactly in the way you would choose.

If you and your spouse pass away while your children are under 18, a court-appointed guardian will be needed to take care of your children and manage their assets. You never know if a court will choose the same person you would prefer. A proper Will lets you name the guardian to care for your children and manage their assets.

Making a Will lets you choose the people to handle your affairs and carry out your wishes.

You should be very careful about using any preprinted forms to make a Will. There are specific requirements in Connecticut which control whether a Will is enforceable or defective. Don’t be penny wise and pound foolish.

Connecticut law requires a Will to be in writing; the Will must be signed by the person making it; and two witnesses must also sign the Will in the presence of the person making it.

Only people who are at least 18 years old and of sound mind can make an enforceable Will.

Obtaining sound legal advice in preparing your Will can help ensure that your wishes are carried out.

DISCLAIMER: This site and any information contained herein are intended for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. See competent counsel for advice on any legal matter.

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