Obtain a better understanding of common estate-planning and probate situations.

What is a valid will?

A will is a legal document that controls what happens to your property after you die. A will includes instructions regarding:

  • how to pay your debts
  • who receives/inherits "probate property"
  • who will be your children's guardian if they are minors and your spouse does not survive you


State law governs wills. Most state laws regarding wills are uniform, but there are exceptions. That is why it is important to talk to an attorney to ensure that you understand your state's laws regarding wills.