Fort Walton Beach Wills Attorney

Our Estate Planning Lawyers Can Draft Your Will

By signing a will, you give yourself legal control over what happens to your estate upon your passing. For example, a will allows you to define your beneficiaries, divide your property and assets, and even assign guardians to children or relatives. With such an imperative legal document, it’s important you retain the services of a lawyer. At Vanover Law Firm, our estate planning attorneys can draft your will per your wishes and in compliance with Florida state law.

If you are interested in drafting a last will and testament, contact our lawyers today at (850) 999-0006.

Florida Law

The state of Florida has specific laws regarding how a valid will is established and executed. Not following the specific guidelines means potentially having a will partially or entirely voided. Dying without a will, referred to as “intestate,” will legally distribute your property in reflection of state law and not in accordance to your preferences.

Requirements for valid wills:

  • It must be written (typed or handwritten)
  • It must be signed by the testator or a proxy
  • A signature must be present at the end of the document
  • There needs to be two witnesses

Wills not valid in Florida:

  • Unsigned wills (except in rare circumstances)
  • Holographic wills (not witnessed)
  • Videotaped wills
  • Oral wills

Types of Valid Wills

Attested Wills

Attested wills are the standard will option in Florida. State law requires the will to be signed by the testator and in the presence of two witnesses.

Military Wills

A military will guarantees that the wishes of a service member are carried out after his or her death. If you are interested in drafting a military will, you will need the assistance of a lawyer to ensure it’s in compliance with Federal law.

Out-of-State Wills

Depending on circumstances, a will created out-of-state is still valid in Florida even if it doesn’t meet the state’s individual requirements. However, this will requires the signature of at least two witnesses to remain valid.

Schedule a Free Consultation

Contact our estate planning lawyers if you are interested in discussing your legal options or are ready to draft your last will and testament. Our attorneys are educated in Florida estate laws and have the experience and knowledge to guide you. We are also available if you already have a will but would like to review or revise it. At Vanover Law Firm, your peace of mind is our priority.

Contact Vanover Law Firm today at (850) 999-0006 to schedule a free consultation.

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