Creating And Protecting Your Legacy

What makes a legal will in Florida?

On Behalf of | Mar 21, 2020 | Estate Planning |

Creating a will is one of the best things that you can do to protect your family and help them after your death. This document will allow you to stipulate who will get your assets, who you appoint as a guardian for your minor children and other details about what should happen after your death. 

It is imperative that when you create a will that you make sure it is valid under the law or you could leave your family with issues when it comes to handling your assets. According to the Florida Bar, a legal will must meet certain specifications set by the law or a court will deem it invalid. 

Basic requirements 

A legal will must be in writing or you can type it on a computer. Oral wills are not valid. The document must include your signature and the signatures of two witnesses. You must also have the will notarized. 

You can modify your will at any time. It is not a final decree until you die. Upon your death, it will go to the court for final judgment. The court may require proof to rule it valid. 

If you do modify your will, you need to do so formally. Writing or marking on the document after affixing the signatures could void the whole document. You need to make changes carefully and ensure you get new signatures and notarization. 

Who can create a will 

You can create your own will if you are mentally stable and understand what you are doing by creating the document. You also must be at least 18 years old. If you create a will before this age, it is not valid.