Will Preparation in Indianapolis, Indiana

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Many of the issues that sometimes come up with wills in Indianapolis, Indiana, such as contests brought by would-be beneficiaries, or devises which aren't clear on what they mean, can be avoided if the will is properly drafted in the first place.

If your estate does not have a massive amount of assets, your assets are limited to cash and personal belongings, and you wish to leave all your property to your immediate family and friends, the process of drafting your will is likely to be fairly simple.

But even if the will is relatively simple, some preventable problems can derail the process. An efficient lawyer in Indianapolis, Indiana who specializes in wills and estate planning can help make sure that this doesn't happen to your will.

Most of the issues that plague wills stem from failure on the part of the drafter to comply with the required formalities. These requirements aren't terribly confusing, but they have to be followed to the letter if a will is to be valid. Typically, wills have to be witnessed and signed by at least 2 people, and it must include a clear statement that the document is, in fact, a will. You should choose the witnesses carefully, because if they have any direct interest in the will, they won't count as valid witnesses.

Holographic Wills in Indianapolis, Indiana

In some states, testators are permitted to make "holographic wills." This is a will which the testator hand-writes, in his or her own handwriting. Such wills do not need to have any witnesses to be given effect.

Holographic wills are normally construed very broadly. Knowing that it was not written by an expert, a court will typically look at the common definition of words, and use other common-sense principles when it comes to interpreting a holographic will. This is necessary to avoid conflicts, and increase the chances that the testator's wishes are honored.

You should know, however, that holographic wills aren't recognized in many states. If you live in one of these states, you're still free to hand write your will, but, in order to be valid, it must be accompanied by all the formalities required by the laws of the state it is made in.

If your state recognizes them, a holographic will might be a reasonable option if you have a very small estate, and wish to make very simple devises. However, it is never a bad idea to at least have an attorney review your will for completeness and clarity, even if you aren't having the attorney draft it from scratch.

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Because of the formalities that must accompany most wills, it might be advisable to have a Indianapolis, Indiana attorney help you draft it.

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Life in Indianapolis

Indianapolis is a wonderful place filled with many family attractions.  Families have an ample selection of sights to see while visiting Indianapolis.

For starters, families can enjoy wonderful trips to the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Hall of Fame Museum, and the Indianapolis Zoo. For families to relax and have some fun there is the Central Canal filled with gondola rides, pedal boating, and the like.  There is also the Oldfields-Lilly House and Gardens, Victory Field, Fort Harrison State Park, and White River State Park.

Indianapolis is also filled with many small to mid-size firms that are home to enthusiastic attorneys who put their clients' needs above their own.  Thus, Indianapolis residents are blessed with a family-friendly atmosphere and a capable legal force to handle any and every need. 

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