What Do You Need In Addition to A Will ? (Part 2)

In the previous article, we covered the Durable Power of Attorney (DPA), which allows you to appoint someone to take over your financial affairs should you become incompetent, even temporarily.

What Do You Need In Addition To A Will ? (Part 1 of 2)

Almost everyone is familiar with a “Will”, but a Will is not the only document you need. A Will operates only after a person’s death; however, there are documents that are extremely important to have if you become disabled, even temporarily.

What Goes In A Will? (Part 2 of 2)

The previous article covered some of the basic terms of a Will; this article will complete the discussion of basic Will terms.

What Goes In A Will? (Part 1 of 2)

This blog post is part 1 of 2, which cover the basic content of a Will.

The Preamble: Most wills have a “preamble” (or introduction), which refers to the Testator (person making the will) being of sound mind, and revoking all prior Wills. The statement about “being of sound mind” is not an absolute; if there is proof later that the Testator person making the Will) was not mentally competent at the time, the Will is not considered valid.

What is a Will?

There has always been a great deal of mystery about wills and estates. In this first article, we will talk about what a will is, and what it is not.

First of all, the laws of each state differ concerning wills; to minimize confusion, we will focus on New Hampshire law.

In New Hampshire, a will must be in written form, signed voluntarily by a person “of sound mind”, who is over 18 years of age. It must also be witnessed by 2 witnesses.

What property can you include in a will?

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