Most people know as part of public knowledge that “everyone needs a will,” but why exactly do you need a will? After all, if you don’t have much in the way of personal belongings, won’t the state just handle it all? While it is technically true that each state maintains its own statutes that dictate how to handle intestate property, a will is more than just about property.
One of the primary reasons that you need a properly executed will, especially in the state of Florida, is to have a say in what kind of medical choices you want to be made if you are incapacitated. If your wishes are not known, you may be inflicting your loved ones with the burden of being unable to care for you the way you would have wanted, even if your wishes were known but not properly documented. Likewise, if you would have preferred to not use life-saving procedures, you may inadvertently be saddling your estate with massive medical debt because of life-saving procedures you did not want.
A properly executed will has some specific requirements in Florida, which has stricter standards than some other states. If you have a will that is not properly executed, you may have a very specific set of wishes for your estate that are not possible to complete because the state will not recognize your will for one reason or another. If you wish to leave the majority of your estate to a dear friend or an organization that is near to your heart, an improper will will leave those wishes behind when you pass, and the state will distribute your estate according to its own statutes, no matter how clear your wishes were,
It’s easy to see that a proper will is a gift that you give not only to yourself, but to anyone who loves you. If you are ready to create the perfect document to represent your wishes, the assistance of an experienced attorney can help you ensure that your wishes are known and your rights are protected.
Source: Findlaw, “Florida Wills Laws,” accessed Nov. 23, 2016