Does your executed will truly reflect your wishes?

Individuals often recognize the importance of having an estate plan, even if they have not yet created one of their own. Drafting a will and executing trusts can be sobering for some Californians as they come to terms with the fact that their estate planning documents will generally only come into power once they, the creators of the documents, are dead. Often individuals create these and other testamentary devices all at once, so that their estate plans are complete. However, it is not uncommon for individuals to simply forget about the contents of their estate plans as time passes on.

An old estate plan and particularly an old will can be a disservice to a person whose end-of-life intentions have changed. For example, at the time that a person executed their will they may have been married with no children. Decades later that person may have had children with their spouse, gone through a divorce and then remarried and also have grandchildren. Who they wish to benefit from their estate and how they want their assets distributed may be very different than how they structured those terms in the contents of their original will.

A person can effectively renounce an old will and replace it with a new will to ensure that their desires are accurately communicated in their testamentary documents. Michael A. Sawamura, Attorney at Law, can help his clients review their existing estate planning documents and identify the important changes that they must effectuate to ensure that the clients' wishes are met.

Preparing an estate plan is rarely fun, but the effort that one must put into redrafting important documents such as a will is vastly important. An accurate will is imperative to protecting a person's end-of-life wishes, and attorney Michael Sawamura is available to help those in need see to it that such modifications are made.

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