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March 18, 2013

Wills and Estates

Writing Your Will

What is a video will?

More and more people are preparing a video in which they read the will and explain why certain gifts were made and others not made. The video recording might also show the execution of the will. Should a disgruntled relative decide to challenge the will, the video can provide compelling proof that the person making the will was mentally competent and observed the formalities of execution.

Keep in mind that videos do not last forever and are subject to damage. You should consult a lawyer before making such a video to find out about your state’s laws on video wills. Generally, such a video would supplement, not substitute, a properly prepared written will.

>>Why should I go to the trouble of writing a will?
>>What happens if I die without a will?
>>What is a video will?
>>What do I have to do to make my will legally valid?
>>Can I leave my property to anyone I wish?
>>Can I disinherit my spouse and children?

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