Do you need guidance on writing a will? Here are some tips to help.
To get started, list your significant assets. Then decide which items should (or must) be left by other methods, outside your will. Keep in mind that if you’re married, each spouse makes a separate will.
You can leave only your share of assets you own jointly with your spouse. If your children are minors, decide who you want to raise them in the very unlikely event that you and their other parent can’t. If you leave property to children or young adults, you should choose an adult to manage whatever they inherit. To give that person authority over the child’s inheritance, you can make him or her a property guardian, a property custodian under a law called the UTMA, or a trustee.
After making your will, you’ll need to sign it in the presence of at least two witnesses. If you’re using a document called a “self-proving affidavit” with your will (to make things simpler when the will goes through probate court after your death), your signature must be notarized as well.