Fast Facts: Arizona Wills

By April 11, 2018 July 30th, 2019 No Comments
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It’s never easy to tackle end of life planning, but it’s also never too early to give yourself the peace of mind of having your financial house in order. One of the most important pieces of effective estate planning is a will. A will is a legal document that explains what happens to your estate when you die. The law regarding wills depend on where you live, so it’s important to understand the law in Arizona.
Most wills are typed and often prepared by an attorney, but that is not required. Some people use form wills and risk making an uninformed error. Arizona recognizes hand-written, or holographic wills, but those are pretty rare. Holographic wills are only valid if you write them in your own hand. You can’t have someone else write it for you, and you must be at least 18-years-old and of sound mind. The making and signing of a holographic will does not require a witness in Arizona.

Typed or printed wills in Arizona require two witnesses. Their signatures signify that they saw the testator prepare or sign the will.

It is also crucial that those with children consider guardianship when creating a will. What happens if both parents pass away and leave no directions about care for the children? In that case, a judge decides who cares for them. If you have minor children, your will should clearly spell out who cares for your children if you cannot. A guardianship term in a will is generally binding.

Making wills can be a difficult process, and an attorney can help ensure your assets go to the people you care about – not to the government or unintended recipients.

The attorneys at Aiken Schenk are committed to giving you the peace of mind you deserve. Attorney Phil Rupprecht can assist with your estate planning needs. With the right plan in place, you can be confident that your assets will be distributed in accordance with your wishes.

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