Des Moines Will Attorneys
Providing Will Preparation, Probate Administration & Litigation Services
A will, or last will and testament, is a legal document that expresses an individual's posthumous wishes for asset distribution and affairs. It enables the testator to allocate money, possessions, and real estate to chosen beneficiaries. An executor ensures the fulfillment of these wishes. A will can also cover vital matters like minor children's guardianship and trustee appointments. Creating a will is crucial for estate planning, offering clarity and guidance to loved ones in the future.
Our Iowa Estate Planning Firm
Trust is the foundation of our law practice. We work hard to earn your trust, and we never take it for granted. We believe that earning your trust is the best way to build a long-lasting relationship. We have been serving our community for over 40 years, and we have earned a reputation for honesty, integrity, and hard work. Our attorneys are committed to providing the highest level of service and expertise to our clients.
If you are facing a will or estate administration issue, we are here to help. Call (515) 298-8850 for a free initial consultation.
Are You Preparing a Will for Your Loved Ones?
If you are preparing a will for your loved ones, you should make sure it is legally valid. The last thing you want to do is spend your final moments worrying that your loved ones will be left without the resources they need. Our experienced Des Moines estate planning attorneys can help.
Our attorneys have decades of experience helping our community prepare valid wills. We can help you make sure your final wishes are carried out and your loved ones are provided for in the way you intended.
What Is Probate?
Probate is the legal process that is used to administer a deceased person's estate. The court oversees the distribution of the deceased person's property to their beneficiaries. If the deceased person did not have a valid will, the court will appoint an administrator to handle the estate.
If you are named as the executor of the will, you may be required to go through probate. If you are not named as the executor, you may still need to go through probate if you are the beneficiary of a trust or if you are named in the will as the recipient of certain assets.
What Is the Difference Between a Will and a Trust?
A will and a trust are two ways to leave property after your death. Each option has its own benefits and drawbacks. A will is a legal document that states how your property should be distributed after your death. A trust is a legal agreement that allows the trustee to manage your property while you are alive and after you die. The trustee is responsible for distributing your property to your beneficiaries. Our Des Moines estate planning attorneys can provide guidance on which option is best for you.
What to Consider When Preparing a Will
When you are preparing a will, you will need to decide who will receive your property when you die. You will also need to decide what should happen to your property if you become incapacitated. You should also consider how you want to pay for your funeral and burial expenses.
You should consider the following when preparing a will:
- Who will receive your property after your death
- How your property should be distributed if you become incapacitated
- Who should receive your final expenses, including funeral and burial expenses
- How you want to honor your wishes after your death
Yes, you can change or revise your will after you have signed it. However, you should not make frequent changes to your will. If you make frequent changes to your will, it may be viewed as suspicious and could be challenged in court. If you need to make changes to your will, speak to one of our Iowa City estate planning attorneys.
Our attorneys can help you revise or change your will so that your final wishes are carried out as you intended. We can also help you make sure your will is valid and legally binding.
If you are preparing a will for your loved ones, you should make sure it is legally valid. Our experienced estate planning attorneys can help you make sure your final wishes are carried out and your loved ones are provided for in the way you intended. We have served our community for over 40 years, and we have earned a reputation for honesty, integrity, and hard work.
If you are facing a will or estate administration issue, we are here to help. Call (515) 298-8850 for an initial consultation.
With decades of experience between our attorneys and staff in estate planning and elder law, we are a premier Iowa law firm that has the skills you need in your corner.
With 5 offices located throughout the State of Iowa, you will always have access to our team when you have questions or concerns about your case.
We not only provide free initial consultations for our planning services, but most matters have fixed fees so you understand exactly what you get and how much it costs from the very beginning.
When it comes to estate planning, we have a well-defined process that is tried and true, working well for thousands of clients in the past.
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