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Making The Right Will For You

When someone begins their estate planning process, they may be surprised to learn that there are multiple types of wills that Arizona recognizes. Trying to develop an estate plan you can count on by yourself is difficult when you are not sure which type of will is right for you. Thankfully, you can get the information you are looking for from a skilled estate planning attorney.

At Gorman Law Group, PLC, we have been offering the Glendale community and surrounding areas the guidance they need in estate planning for more than 20 years. We take pride in being able to help members of our community plan for the future, starting with deciding what type of will is right for them.

Self-Proved Wills

When creating a will, you want to make it as strong as possible so that there is little to no grounds for contesting it after your passing. When you go through the proper legal channels to make a will, you will have witnesses present and a notary to watch you sign the document under your own free will and sound mind who will then sign the will themselves. This type of will is known as a self-proved will, but there is another type that is similar to this one.

Non-Self-Proved Wills

These wills are created in nearly an identical manner to self-proved wills, with one primary difference: The testator (the person creating the will) does not sign the document. Instead, someone signs the will on behalf of the testator, at the testator’s direction. This substitution is often necessary for testators who are not able to sign their wills themselves, due to injury or illness.

Holographic Wills

These wills are a bit easier to create, as they are letters handwritten and signed by the testators, and they do not require witnesses or lawyers. While these are easier to create, they are also easier to contest. With no one to verify the integrity of the will or whether the testator was of sound mind when they drafted it, they leave a lot of potential for someone to challenge the testator’s last wishes.

Get The Will You Deserve

If you want to be sure that your estate plan protects your best wishes, contact a skilled estate planning attorney today. Call our office at 623-278-6102 or email us here to schedule your initial consultation and take the first step in planning for tomorrow.