A Will is a document meeting certain formal requirements by which an individual may provide for the disposition of his or her property after death.
WHO MAY MAKE A WILL?
In Connecticut, anyone who is at least 18 years of and of sound mind can make a Will.
HOW IS A WILL MADE?
Because a Will is such an important document, certain formalities must be observed in the preparation and signing of a valid Will. Only a document which satisfies all of the requirements imposed by law can be treated as an effective Will:
1. A Will executed in Connecticut must be in writing.
2. It must be subscribed (signed) by the person making the Will.
3. It must be attested by at least two witnesses who must subscribe in the presence
of the person making the Will.
IS A LAWYER NECESSARY?
Like other professionals, lawyers have the training, knowledge and experience necessary to make informed judgments and insure that each individual client's objectives and family situation are taken into account. The drafting of a Will is an important job that should be done professionally. No untrained person should attempt to write his or her own Will: the price of failure can be too great.
HOW LONG IS A WILL GOOD FOR?
A properly drawn and executed Will remains in effect until it is revoked. A subsequent marriage, divorce or dissolution of marriage, birth, or adoption of a minor child will revoke a Will unless a provision is made to cover such an occurrence. Of course, an individual can revoke his or her Will at any time.
CAN A WILL BE CHANGED?
A Will can be changed or added to at any time provided all the formal requirements are observed. A Will should be changed whenever it no longer meets an individual's needs for any reason, including a change in family circumstances or change in assets, and should be reviewed periodically also on account of changes in the law.
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