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Your Last Will And Testament

A will is a probate document in the truest sense. When a sole owner of property dies, you can transfer the property out of that person’s name to an heir using the deceased person’s will. In Indiana, the requirements for a will are as follows:

  1. It must be in writing (Ind. Code.29-1-5-1).
  2. It must be signed by the testator (the person making the will).
  3. The testator must be 18 years of age and of sound mind.
  4. You must have two witnesses sign the will in front of you and each other (Ind. Code 29-1-5-3).
  5. Witnesses need to know the document they are witnessing is your will.

As a probate document, your will can be used for more than just distributing your assets. It can also appoint people to serve as guardian for your children as well as create a trust for your children. As such, you should talk to a lawyer to determine if a will is a way to go for you.

Riley & Ahler P.C. provides full-service estate planning, including wills, powers of attorney, living wills and trust agreements.

Is It Time To Draft Or Update Your Will?

Riley & Ahler P.C. can create a will if you do not have one, or we can update your existing will to reflect life changes, such as marriage, divorce or children. To schedule a free initial consultation with one of our lawyers, call our Rensselaer law office at 219-964-4156 or contact us online.