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Wills Attorney in Monmouth County, New Jersey

Are You Looking for A Will Attorney in The Monmouth County, NJ Area?

Do you need a lawyer to make a Will? Not technically. In the same way that you don’t need a lawyer to represent you in a criminal case, you don’t need one to draft a Will. However, if you neglect to hire a lawyer in a criminal case, you’re probably going to lose. The same can be said of Wills. Hiring a lawyer to draft your Will can ensure that your estate avoids any costly mishaps in the future. If you need a lawyer to help you draft a Will in the Monmouth County, NJ, choose attorney Ira S. Karlstein. Karlstein Law, P.C. can help clients who need a law firm for their Will in any of these areas:

  • Monmouth County, NJ

  • Manalapan, NJ

  • Marlboro, NJ

  • Freehold, NJ

  • Middletown, NJ

  • Manasquan, NJ

  • Middlesex County, NJ

  • Old Bridge, NJ

  • East Brunswick, NJ

  • Ocean County, NJ

Put Your Wishes in Writing

Do You Need a Lawyer to Make a Will?

A Will, also called a “Last Will and Testament,” is an old legal instrument. The ancient Greeks first developed the idea of passing on generational wealth, and the Romans refined it. The laws surrounding modern wills first appeared in English common law in the 1500s.

You don’t technically need to hire a lawyer to draft a Will for you in New Jersey. However, if you choose not to consult an attorney, you’re inviting significant trouble to your legacy. When you die, the state’s probate court needs to verify your Will. Without an attorney’s assistance, you may draft a Will that does not meet the Court’s standards. If that happens, the state will appoint a third-party Administrator to disperse your assets after you die. At that point, you won’t have any say in what happens to your possessions. With that in mind, the value of hiring an attorney to draft your Will becomes abundantly clear.

Attorney Karlstein has the real-world experience that his clients need to ensure that their Wills passes through the probate court. If you need to draft a new Will or amend an existing one, contact Karlstein Law, P.C. today to schedule an appointment.

The Benefits of Lawyers that Do Wills

You can use a Will to leave a list of all the property you own and designate who you want to give it to after you die. You don’t actually need to specifically list every piece of property you own in your Will. While it’s important to specifically name large assets like real estate, you may include catch-all phrases in your will that can include general assets. For example, you don’t need to specify every piece of stock that you own, you can simply include “all of my stocks” in your Will.

You also need to include your beneficiaries in your Will. These are the people who will receive your property after you die. You can name anybody as a beneficiary including:

  • Your spouse

  • Children

  • Other relatives

  • Close friends

  • Charitable organizations

  • Religious institutions

Finally, you’ll need to designate an executor for your Will. This is a person who will carry out the directives in your estate plan. The executor of your Will can be a family member, friend, or attorney. An executor has a critically-important job. Because of this, it’s usually a good idea to choose someone who has prior legal experience.

Consult with An Experienced Wills Law Firm Today

After more than 50 years of drafting Wills, attorney Karlstein has helped countless clients plan for the future of their legacies. He can use what he’s learned over that time to ensure that your Will is airtight and easy to understand for your executor. Don’t try to draft your Will by yourself. That may leave a mess for your heirs to straighten out. Instead, choose a law firm with decades of experience drafting Wills. Call Karlstein Law, P.C. today to schedule your appointment.