A will is essentially a set of instructions to the Probate Court regarding who you want to receive your property, and when they should receive it. It also allows you to specify gifts to individuals and charities, and to state who you want to oversee the management of the process of carrying out your final wishes. If you have children, it also provides the critical function of enabling you to designate who will be responsible for the physical custody of your children, their care, and the management of any property left to them. You can also use your will to provide for delayed distribution of property to your children, in case they are not capable of managing the property themselves at the time of your death.

Practice Area(s): Estate Planning and Probate