Last Will and Testaments

The attorneys at Abbott Law Firm are ready to help you by drafting your last will and testament.  They have experience in estate planning and can help whether you have a small estate or a large estate.

What is a Last Will and Testament?

A last will and testament is a document that will control what happens to your assets after you die.  It can also suggest who you would like to take care of your minor children, who you would like to manage your estate and where and how you would like to be buried.  It can be as short as one page and as long as over 100 pages for wealthy individuals.  In most cases it is between five and ten pages long.

Do I need a Last Will and Testament?

Yes.  Utah law does provide a default will that courts will use if you die without a valid will.  That is called dying intestate.  The problem with dying intestate is that the default will provided by Utah law is probably not exactly what you want.  Therefore, a will is necessary to make sure that your wishes are followed.

Can I Write My Own Last Will and Testament?

Yes you can.  If you do, the court will do its best to interpret it to carry out your wishes.  To do so, the will should not be typed.  Instead, it should be in your own handwriting and then dated and signed.  This type of will is called a holographic will.

What Benefit Will I get by Hiring a Lawyer to Write my Last Will and Testament?

Our Utah Estate Planning Lawyers have special education and testing to help them professionally draft your will.  We know the difference between “per stirpes” and “per capita” and we know what is meant by the “residual” of your estate.  In essence, we can give you expert advice and drafting of your will, based upon training and experience.  This will save you time and allow you to rest assured that your will is drafted correctly.

How Much Will It Cost to Get a Last Will and Testament?

Because each client is unique, we do not have a one size fits all approach to estate planning. Please call for a rate quote.