A well drafted will is one of the most important pieces of estate planning. Your will goes into effect at the time of your death, giving specific directions for your property, and appointing a legal executor who will carry out those directions during the probate process (the court-supervised process of administering a person's will).
Drafting a will can save your family time, money, and potential controversy over the legal division of your assets. In the state of Alabama, any person who is 18 years or older, and considered "sound of mind" can draft a will. It must be signed by the testator (the person for whom the will is drafted) -- or a person instructed by the testator if they are too ill to sign for themselves -- and there must be two competent witnesses present.
The attorney you choose to assist you with your will is not a small decision. Hiring an attorney who has little to no experience drafting wills is a big risk with a higher chance of a final product that seems unclear, and open to interpretation. This can result in disputes between the beneficiaries, and often leads to the decision to contest the will. Throughout his entire career, Attorney Leonard has been drafting carefully considered wills that thoroughly explain each detail.
If you live in Baldwin, Escambia, or Mobile County, and are thinking about creating a will, contact Attorney Noel B. Leonard today, or fill out our case evaluation form for a free consultation.