Will Preparation in Roselle, Illinois

Find the right Will Preparation attorney in Roselle, IL

Many of the pitfalls that sometimes come up with wills in Roselle, Illinois, 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 large 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.

Nonetheless, even if the will is comparatively simple, some problems which are very easy to avoid can still complicate the process. A seasoned Roselle, Illinois wills and trusts lawyer can help you avoid these problems.

Most of the pitfalls that plague wills stem from failure on the part of the drafter to comply with the required formalities. These requirements aren't terribly difficult, but they have to be followed to the letter if a will is to be valid. Normally, 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 cautiously, because if they have any direct interest in the will, they won't count as valid witnesses.

Holographic Wills in Roselle, Illinois

In some states, testators are authorized 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 usually construed very broadly. Knowing that it was not written by an expert, a court will normally 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 necessary by the laws of the state it is made in.

If your state recognizes them, a holographic will might be a good option if you have a very small estate, and wish to make very simple devises. Nonetheless, 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.

How Can A Roselle, Illinois Lawyer Help?

Because of the various required formalities that accompany a will, it's not a bad idea to have a seasoned Roselle, Illinois attorney help you draft your will, even if it is relatively simple.

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Life in Roselle

Roselle, Illinois is a city that straddles the border between Cook County and DuPage County. It has a population, as of the 2000 Census, of about 23,000 people.

Roselle was first incorporated in 1922, Roselle started out as an agricultural community, like much of the Midwest. However, in the economic boom that began shortly after the end of the Second World War, urbanites began to flock to the new suburban developments that were cropping up all across the country. Chicago was no exception, and scores of suburban commnities sprouted around it, Roselle being just one of them.

Roselle, Illinois is generally classified as a "bedroom community" for Chicago, meaning that it is almost entirely residential, and most of the people who live in Roselle work in another city, such as Chicago, and commute to work.

This means that the community of Roselle gets a piece of the massive amounts of wealth produced in a large, thriving, industrial city like Chicago. Accordingly, Roselle is fairly well off, economically. Less than 2% of the population of Roselle, Illinois lives below the poverty line.

Thanks to its proximity to a major city, and its economic stability, Roselle, Illinois and the surrounding areas are home to a thriving legal community. It's likely that you'll be able to find a Roselle, Illinois lawyer who can help you with a legal problem. If you need legal counsel, you should contact a Roselle, Illinois lawyer immediately.

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