At Rieser & Marx, LLC, our Dayton attorneys provide comprehensive estate planning services, including forming and updating wills, which is one of the most powerful tools of a comprehensive estate planning strategy. A will can have multiple purposes, but is essentially used to instruct your family on how you would like your assets and estate distributed after you have passed away.
The actual legal requirements of a will are fairly simple, but there are challenges which may be presented while drafting the document. Working with an experienced Dayton estate planning attorney is in your best interest to ensure that your will is all encompassing and that it is concise so all of your wishes are carried out.
The basic legal requirements of a will in Ohio are togive instruction either as to who will take care of minor children or how some or all of your property is to be distributed after you are gone. To ensure that your document is legally binding, a will must be signed in front of two witnesses who must also sign the will.
A will does not need to be notarized and does not need to be filed on record with any state or county government, but it is strongly advised that you consult a knowledgeable legal professional about drafting your will.
There are certain complex legal situations where you should rely on a knowledgeable Dayton estate planning attorney to draft your will. These include if you would like to write someone out of the will, provide money or care to pets after you have passed, or if you are concerned about estate taxes. Our estate planning strategies are intelligent and practiced, with more than 65 years of combined experience assisting clients from South Florida to Ohio.