Last Will and Testament Lawyer in Appleton
Appleton attorney Ron Tusler specializes in the preparation of a clear and concise last will and testaments to accurately express your decisions. Unlike other local will lawyers, attorney Tusler cares about you and your wishes. In our discussion, we'll cover every issue at length to ensure an unwavering legal document to guide your loved ones through your passing.FREE CONSULTATION
How much does a last will and testament cost?
Tusler Law’s Appleton Last Will and Testament lawyer offers will and testament preparation at an affordable cost. An individual last will and testament will cost $300. Preparation for a married couple will cost $500.
- Individual: $300
- Married: $500
Decide where your assets go after passing
Thinking about end-of-life decisions is never pleasant, but it's essential to have a plan in place for the future (especially if you have young children). Without a sound will in place, the state will handle child guardianship and the allocation of your assets and property. A properly prepared last will and testament will effectively allocate assets and property as well as bequests.
Why you need to make a will
Failing to make a will can result in a painful and complicated legal ordeal for your friends and family. Without directing assets yourself, your money or property would be subject to the intestate system and out of your control. For more information, contact our last will and testament lawyer, Ron Tusler.
Will preparation in Wisconsin
While you can legally write your own will in the state of Wisconsin, it is not recommended.
There are a handful of requirements:
- You must sign it – and at least two people must witness the signature
- Your witnesses must sign the will
- You must be at least 18 years old
- You must be able to comprehend what a will is
- You must include at least one sentence that gives property to someone
- You cannot be coerced into writing your will
Can a handwritten will be legal in Wisconsin?
No. Handwritten wills - also known as holographic wills - are not considered binding legal documents in the state of Wisconsin.
When to write a will
You are first legally able to write a will when you are 18. Most people write their first will when they get married or if they possess any assets like a home or a business they wish to bequeath to others. It is also important to write a will if you have children and again when they become adults. Many people also choose to write wills if it's been a while since they wrote their last. Assets, relationships, and priorities shift over time so it is important to reflect these changes in your will.
Revoking/ making changes to a will
It is possible to alter or revoke a will under certain circumstances. Life circumstances and preferences may change over time, leading to the need to modify or cancel the existing will.
Codicil: Codicils are legal documents used to make minor changes to an existing will without revoking the entire will. It has to be done with the same formalities as a will and is used to add, modify, or remove specific provisions in the original will.
Creating a new will: If a person wishes to make significant changes to their will or revoke the existing will entirely, they can create a new will. The new will should explicitly state that it revokes all previous wills and codicils.
Destruction: A will can be revoked by physically destroying it with the intention of revoking it. Common methods of destruction include tearing, burning, or otherwise mutilating the original will.
Revocation by marriage or divorce: In some jurisdictions, marriage or divorce can automatically revoke parts or the entirety of a will. This is to account for changes in family circumstances.
Revocation by operation of law: Certain life events, such as the birth of a child, might revoke or invalidate certain provisions in a will if they are not updated to reflect the new situation.
Contact Appleton will attorney Ron Tusler to write your last will and testament and ensure security for your loved one's future.
Frequently asked questions about will preparation in Wisconsin
Can I write my own will in Wisconsin?
Yes, you can legally write your own will in the state of Wisconsin.
Should I write my own will?
No. There are very few situations where it’s worth avoiding the minimal expense to have a lawyer prepare your last will and testament. You can legally make your own will in the state of Wisconsin if you wish – but for security of mind, you are better off having a legal professional prepare the document.
Should I make a will using an online form or document templates?
Following a template only extends your legal vulnerability. Do-it-yourself will kits and online generators don't offer the critical eye of a seasoned will attorney.
Do I need to write a will in Wisconsin?
You aren’t legally obligated to prepare a will in the state of Wisconsin. However, writing a last will and testament means controlling the distribution of your assets upon your passing. Without preparing a last will and testament, your assets will be subject to the interstate system when you pass. The state will decide how your belongings are allocated.
Do I need to have my will notarized in Wisconsin?
Attorney Ron Tusler recommends that your will is notarized. Notarizing your will in Wisconsin is good practice and beneficial in the probate process.