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Proper will execution should not be left to chance

A will is a crucial component of any estate plan, and people in Florida who have assets that they plan to pass down upon their deaths should have a will. The person's will should detail precisely how he or she wishes to dispose of the assets, and the terms of the will should be clear and unambiguous. However, even the most comprehensive will is no good unless it is legally binding.

Under Florida law, a will is only valid if it meets certain requirements. For example, the testator -- the testator is the person who is making the will to dispose of assets -- must sign the will at the end of it. Also, at least two witnesses must sign the will in the testator's presence, and in the presence of each other. In addition to these necessities, the testator must be of sound mind to create a valid will, or an amendment to any existing will.

This last point, the soundness of the testator's mind, can be the subject of contentious will contests among family members and other parties who might have an interest in the testator's assets. Attorney J. Kelly Kennedy understands the problems that can arise when a testator dies and the will is legally questionable in any manner, including issues surrounding the testator's mental capacity.

For more than three decades, J. Kelly Kennedy has helped people craft wills and other estate planning documents. Our law firm's website has more information about the importance of valid will execution, and how we have helped people in Polk County create robust and legally enforceable wills.

When it comes to setting up a plan to dispose of a testator's assets, no item should be left to chance. This includes creating a will that is legally sound under Florida law.

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