Protect your family’s legacy and make specific wishes regarding your belongings.
Choose a personal representative to carry out your affairs and select a guardian to care for your children.
Know your personal wishes will be honored for those you love and wish to benefit.
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BENEFITS OF A WILL
CHOOSE YOUR PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE
Choose a personal representative in our online will to wind up your affairs after death. This person, trust, or company, will be responsible for handling your final financial affairs and winding up your affairs after passing. A personal representative will be responsible for locating and valuing assets, paying bills and any taxes due, distributing assets, and or hiring an attorney and other professional advisors. This person, trust, or company, should be someone who is trustworthy, willing, able, knows you, and will carry out your wishes.
APPOINT GUARDIAN FOR MINOR CHILDREN
Appoint guardians in our online will to take care of your minor children, if any. If something happens to one parent, the other parent will continue to raise the children (unless he or she is physically or emotionally unable to do so, or a court intervenes). But who will raise them if something happens to both parents? This is often a difficult decision for parents, but it is very important because if you have not named a guardian, the court will have to appoint someone without knowing your wishes, your children or your family members.
MAKE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT ARRANGEMENTS
Make property management arrangements in our online will to cater for young beneficiaries who will inherit under your Will. Most married couples want their personal and real property to go to the surviving spouse if one of them dies. If both parents die and the children are young, they want their assets to be used to care for their children. Some assets will transfer automatically to the surviving spouse by beneficiary designations and how title is held. However, an estate plan is still needed in the event this spouse becomes incapacitated, or dies, so that the personal and real property can be used to provide for the children. A will allows you and your spouse to provide instructions for the distribution of your assets and to name someone to manage the inheritance for your minor children until they become adults.
MINIMIZE TAX LIABILITY
Our Pour-Over Will and Trust assists in preserving or even enhancing the value of your estate through the incorporation of tax and/or estate planning techniques.
PEACE OF MIND WITH OUR ONLINE WILL
Get peace of mind with our firm’s online will. You’ll organize your affairs in a manner that you see fit and assuring that your desires and wishes are fulfilled. This gives you the security of knowing that you haven’t left behind a legal and or emotional burden for your family and friends. Estate planning will require you to think about family relationships and some decisions may be difficult. But an experienced estate planning attorney will be able to help you through the process, provide valuable guidance and make sure your plan will do what you want when it is needed. If you are in a tight financial situation, which many young families are, start with the most essential legal documents including a last will and testament and term life insurance, then update and upgrade your plan as your financial situation improves. The most important thing is to not put this off. Once your plan is in place, you will have peace of mind that your family will be protected if something should happen to you. At Subhan Law Office, LLC, we make estate planning easy, convenient, and affordable.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT CONSTITUTES A VALID WILL IN WISCONSIN?
In the State of Wisconsin for a will to be valid, it will must be in writing, and the testator must sign and date it. At least two witnesses also must sign it. They can do this after they observe the testator sign it. If the witnesses weren’t present, then the testator can state to them that the signature is his or hers, and then the witnesses can sign. The witnesses should not be beneficiaries named in the document or the testator’s heirs as designated by law.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DIE WITHOUT IT?
If you die without a will, the emotional and financial toil on your family can be devastating. The court appoints a personal representative who distributes your entire estate to your surviving spouse or registered domestic partner, unless you have children from outside your current marriage. In that case, your spouse or registered domestic partner retains half the marital property and receives half your individual property, with the rest of your estate split equally among all your children, from this marriage and outside it.
If you have no spouse, registered domestic partner, or surviving children or descendants of children when you die, your estate goes to other surviving relatives. State law lists the order of inheritance as follows: parents, brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, grandparents, and descendants of grandparents. The state school fund receives your assets if you leave no heirs closer than the descendants of your grandparents.
If you leave behind minor children and have named no guardian in a will, a court must choose a guardian. If a minor inherits money or property, it is likely the court will place it in a guardianship account. Ask yourself: Is that a decision you want someone to make for you? Having a judge decide who will raise your children can be emotionally wrenching for other family members. Also, court-supervised guardianships entail extra costs. Avoid the upset and expense by naming a guardian.
Finally, bear in mind that if you have no will, the court will appoint a personal representative to administer your estate. Having a will allows you to choose this person. Also, you can stipulate in it that the personal representative (if a Wisconsin resident) need not post a surety bond, thus saving money for your estate. Not having a will means your family will have to incur court costs, potential tax liabilities, and the added stress of having to attend court proceedings. Our estate planning attorneys help you draft a carefully considered, thoughtful, and comprehensive estate plan in order to make sure your wishes are followed.
WHAT IS A TRUST CREATED BY A WILL?
You can use your will or a pour-over will to create a trust upon your death. The trust holds your property for another person’s benefit. For example, a trust may provide an income for your spouse, or be used to minimize or eliminate estate taxes. Or it can hold property for your minor children until they become adults. You name a trustee to oversee the trust. The trustee can be either a trusted individual (a friend, relative, or professional advisor) or a financial institution (a bank, brokerage firm, or trust company). The trustee is responsible for protecting the assets, paying out income earned, and terminating the trust as your will instructs. We help our clients draft wills that pour-over into living trusts, if needed.
IF I HAVE A TRUST, DO I STILL NEED IT?
Yes. It would be important for several reasons. You may have property that never got transferred to your trust while you were alive. You would need a will to transfer that property to your trust after your death. Or your estate might receive money after your death. For instance, if your death was the result of an accident, your estate may receive wrongful death benefits. Again, you would need a the document to transfer this money to the trust. You also need it in order to name a personal representative and a guardian for your minor children. That’s not part of setting up a living trust. A personal representative can take certain actions on behalf of your estate that a trustee cannot, such as pursuing a wrongful death claim.
WHY CHOOSE OUR FIRM's ONLINE WILL AND OR TRUST?
While you’re living and healthy, you value being able to make your own decisions about your finances, property, health care, and raising your children. Should you die or become incapacitated, you hope others will handle these matters for you according to your wishes. The only way to assure that will happen is through estate planning. This process involves weighing various personal and financial decisions and creating legal arrangements to carry out those decisions. Our firm’s online Will and Trust Packages are drafted by our firm’s estate planning attorneys after you complete the online questionnaire. You can be assured from the comfort of your own home, office, vacation destination, or any place that you may be, the process is going to be convenient and easy, and that you are going to receive a high quality, carefully considered, thoughtful, and comprehensive estate plan in order to preserve wealth and assets for future generations, minimize tax liabilities, avoid probate and court costs, and to make sure your wishes are followed, all at an affordable price and prepared by a licensed, practicing estate attorney in Wisconsin. Select from one of our firm’s online solutions today and get started – we make it convenient, simple, and easy to create your Will and or Trust online.
HOW TO GET STARTED
Personalized Online Will
- Wisconsin Last Will and Testament
- State Specific Language
- Digital Download
- Attorney Reviewed
- Free 30 Day Trial Membership in Personal Advisor Program
- All Attorneys Fees Included
- Your documents will be sent to you through our secure and trusted client portal. We use cloud technology and bank level encryption to keep your information secure and confidential. Receive your Will in 3 business days.