A simple will is the best way to manage an estate. The document outlines who will receive what at the time of an individual’s death. There are clauses in this document; however, it must be there to validate the content.
We are not talking about the distribution, but important information used for identification. These include:
- full legal name and date of birth.
- a declaration that the individual is of sound mind and body.
- the name of the estate’s executor.
- the person’s signature and the signature of two witnesses.
- Finally, the list of assets and how these should be distributed in the event of death.
The individual must also be at least 18 years of age for the simple will to be valid in the United States.
Wills can be contested
You need to be careful when writing a will because anyone can contest a will on various grounds. The most common are:
- The person writing the will may not have the mental capacity to do so due to dementia or cognitive impairment.
- Undue influence. This means that an outside party may have pressured the person writing the will to make certain concessions or distributions. For example, the person has been threatened with harm by someone else unless the other party is awarded certain assets.
- Fraud. Someone else may have tricked the person into signing a fake will, or they may have forged that person’s signature on a document.
If the will is successfully contested, the original document may be a division of estate and must follow state law.
The torment of the intestate
Intestacy occurs if the person dies without a valid will. The probate court then appoints an administrator and decides how the estate is distributed, regardless of the deceased’s wishes. In addition, the state can levy more inheritance tax.
State law will govern the distribution in the case of a non-state situation. Spouses and children are the primary beneficiaries, but others can be excluded. It may take months or years for the estate to be distributed, and questions may remain as to whether it was fair.
Everything we have mentioned is a reason to have a professional write the will. Class action plans typically provide this, and Nationwide Prepaid Legal Services prepares a simple will as one of our class action plan benefits. It is the most used service.
We use the best lawyers
We have a nationwide network of attorneys that we trust to perform the necessary prepaid legal services. There is an attorney in every community with a nationwide client base, and members of our legal group plan have priority status.
A nationwide lawyer is not just a lawyer. That person is also a teacher. They explain to a legal team member the important clauses of a will and advise on matters such as appointing an executor and charitable donations.
Nationwide takes the issue of validation seriously. Our attorneys will write a document that complies with state law and meets all legal requirements. The nationwide attorney will also ensure that the final document is properly registered with the state.
Customer input in our legal group plan
We intend that every customer employee can use all benefits in a nationwide plan. We guarantee this with efforts from the decision makers. Countrywide explains all the benefits and points out the value to employees. Management will then determine which prepaid legal services will be included in the final plan document. Those choices are included and we provide member services and plan administration. We have a reputation for superior member services, and every plan member is treated with courtesy.
All of our prepaid legal services provide excellent services for a client. We welcome an opportunity to explain what we can do that employees will appreciate. Please contact us as soon as possible, and we can arrange a suitable time for both of us to discuss with you throughout the country.