Who will take care of your children if you can't?  This is probably the most significant reason that you must have a will--to provide guardianship.  A will is also useful to individuals and families who have not accumulated enough to worry about probate.  A will is a very inexpensive option to ensure that what you have goes to those who matter.  However, a will does not avoid probate.

Special deal:  If you purchase a will and later need a trust, what you spent on your will is applied to the current trust pricing.




Maybe you've heard of wills and trusts, but aren't sure which option is right for you.  Here's a little to think about.  If you have over $75,000 in personal property or over $100,000 equity in real estate, your estate will have to go through probate.  Someone with less in assets, most likely only needs a will.  And a will is especially important for appointing a guardian for minor children.

For those who have accumulated assets that require probate, please know that a will does not avoid probate.  However,  it does help to direct the process.  There will still be at least a four-month process that allows creditors to stake a claim.  During that time, assets are locked and the family can receive only a statutory provision for living expenses, which may not be enough.

 A trust avoids the probate process altogether, saving your family from the challenges or additional time, expense, and hassle when they are grieving.

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