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Making sure a will is almost incontestable

When a Kent area resident goes through the process of making a will, they do it believing that their will will hold up after their death. Most of the time this is what happens, but occasionally someone will contest a will, can which put a deceased person's final wishes at risk.

There are a few things a person should do to ensure their will is untouchable after they die. First, if legal, they can have a no-contest clause. This means that anyone who challenges the will and loses will not receive anything from the will.

Next, people should share wishes verbally with family members. If a person who would have probably received something in the will is left out, make sure they know that and why. Sometimes, people think that a person is disproportionately influenced by a caregiver or a new spouse.

A will can only be created by a person who is of sound mind, so having a note from a doctor saying that a person's mental state is good can prove that they were in the right mind when they created their will.

Finally, looking into creating a living trust may be a better option than a will for some people. A trust will remain private after a person dies, whereas a will becomes public record. This can help prevent unwanted attention. A trust can also include health care and financial directives that a will doesn't in the event of incapacity.

A legal professional skilled in estate planning can help a person create an estate plan that works for their unique family and situation. Attorneys have the knowledge and skills necessary to make sure the estate plan they create will hold up after their client dies. They can also make sure a client is able to include beloved family members and charities as part of their last wishes.

Creating a will or trust is an important activity for every family. Passing on assets to heirs is something that most people want to take great care with. A will or trust can help ensure important wishes are followed after a death.

Source: USA Today, "5 ways to make a bulletproof will", Alex Glenn, Sept. 24, 2016

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