Wills and trusts differ slightly from the way they’re depicted in films and on television, in that they function less as a dramatic spectacle and more as a routine administration of your final wishes. In fact, many clients seek out dedicated estate management attorneys with certain expectations in mind, only to learn later that what they believe about wills is false. Here are a couple common misconceptions about wills and trusts. After you learn them, you will be better prepared to speak with your attorney about your plans for the future.
Misconception #1: Everything Will Go As Planned
Unfortunately in death, as in life, you must plan for the unexpected. When preparing their wills and trusts, many people believe that their family members will accept whatever the documents lay out without infighting. This is rarely the case. That’s why it is so important to have a competent attorney who will assure that your will is ironclad and difficult to dispute.
Misconception #2: Even If I Make a Will, It Will Just Be Disputed Anyway
This school of thought is the opposite from the first myth. This person recognizes that estate administration is rarely simple, and he or she worries that their wishes will not be respected once they’re no longer around to advocate for themselves. While it is true that wills and trusts can be challenged in court, it again comes down to the prowess of your attorney. It’s crucial to hire someone who will advocate aggressively on your behalf, even after you’re gone.
Now that you know more about how wills and trusts work, it’s time to get started outlining your wishes for the future. The attorneys at Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli, P.C. are well versed in estate management law, and can help you safeguard your assets and outline your wishes in a way that will help your friends and family down the line. Fill out a contact form here to get in touch with an attorney today who can schedule an appointment for a free legal consultation to go over your options.