Will Preparation in Frankfort, Kentucky

Find the right Will Preparation attorney in Frankfort, KY

Many of the issues that sometimes come up with wills in Frankfort, Kentucky, 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.

Drafting a will doesn't need to be a perplexing or especially expensive process. If you have a small to moderate amount of assets (limited to a home, a car, and a few bank/investment accounts), and don't need to set up trusts or anything similar, you can probably have a will written in just a couple days, for a relatively small fee.

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

Many problems with wills are due to some of the standard formalities not being followed. The formalities incorporated in drafting and executing a will are not particularly convoluted, but they must be scrupulously followed. Otherwise, the will might not be given effect. In most states, the will must include some clear statement that the document is, in fact, the last will and testament of the person making it. It usually must also be witnessed and signed by at least 2 people who do not have any stake in the will.

Holographic Wills in Frankfort, Kentucky

In some (but definitely not all) states, "holographic wills" can sometimes be treated as valid wills. A holographic will is just a will that is written exclusively in the testator's own handwriting. They do not need to be witnessed in order to be valid.

Holographic wills are typically construed very broadly. Knowing that it was not written by an expert, a court will usually 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 be aware that not all states recognize holographic wills. In such states, you can of course still handwrite your will if you want. But for the will to be legitimate, it has to be accompanied by all the formalities (including witnesses) required for any other will.

If your state allows them, a holographic will might be a good way to go in some cases. For instance, if you don't have an unusually large amount of money, and simply want to leave your assets to close family members, or even to a single person (such as a spouse), it probably wouldn't be a problem. Nonetheless, even in cases like this, it's never a bad idea to make a will with the help of a lawyer.

How Can A Frankfort, Kentucky Lawyer Help?

Because of the formalities that are required for most wills to be valid, it is usually a good idea to have a Frankfort, Kentucky attorney help you make it, or at least go over it after you have written it, to make sure there aren't any problems with it.

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Life in Frankfort

Frankfort is a city in Franklin County, Kentucky. It is the capital of Kentucky, and with a population of under 30,000 people, it is one of the least populous state capitals in the United States. Frankfort was founded in the late 1700s, shortly after Kentucky became a state, with the specific purpose of serving as the state capital. During the Civil War, Frankfort was briefly occupied by confederate troops, Since the 1960s, Frankfort has seen considerable population and economic growth, mainly due to the construction of a few large (for a city this size) state and private office buildings, and other construction projects. Frankfort is also home to several distilleries who make Kentucky bourbon whiskey, the signature spirit of the region. Some of these older office towers are slated for demolition, with the intention of building a new, more modern, business center, with several smaller buildings providing for office space. There are plenty of lawyers in Frankfort, Kentucky who can handle whatever legal problems you might be facing. If you need any type of legal assistance, whether you're signing a mortgage, getting a divorce, starting a business, or anything else, a Frankfurt, Kentucky lawyer can help.

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