Do I Need a Will?

A Will is one of the most basic elements of estate planning.  In a word, yes—you do indeed need a Will. Good estate planning often involves much more than that (think powers of attorney, beneficiary designations, perhaps a living trust) but a Will is nearly always a basic and central part of an effective estate plan. A Will directs where your property goes when you die—while also including administrative designations, procedural directions and other important legal provisions.  Additionally, for a parent of a minor child, a Will typically includes a nomination of someone to serve as a successor guardian. Of course, every situation is different and every person is different—and every estate plan is different.  However, in nearly every instance, you do need a Will.