What makes a “good” Last Will and Testament?

 

A good Last Will and Testament is comprehensive, clearly-written, easy to administer, and has the capability to stand up in court and fulfill your wishes. 

Poorly written, out-of-date wills can leave behind headaches that can take years (and a lot of money) to fix. Wills crafted by concerned, yet untrained, friends or websites can often rob a family of its rightful inheritance. Who hasn’t heard the stories where people have forgotten to change their wills to reflect changing family relationships and situations?

Creating a valid and enforceable Last Will and Testament is not as easy as many people believe. If you expect your Last Will and Testament to do what you want it to do, you definitely need an attorney to help you. South Dakota's courts will not “guess” what you meant to write - they will read and interpret what is written according to the law . . . no matter the results.

Brooke Swier Schloss
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Estate Planning & Family Law Attorney