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The Will: An Essential Tool

El Testamento: Una Herramienta Esencial

We want to discuss a topic that, while essential, is often overlooked in our Latino community: the will.

In many Latin American countries, drafting a will isn’t common. However, it’s a regular and highly recommended practice in the United States, specifically in Alabama. Why? A will is a document that ensures that, upon our passing, our assets are distributed according to our wishes.

Why is it important to have a will?

  1. Control over your assets: A will allow you to decide how your assets will be distributed after death. Without it, the law will determine the distribution, which might not align with your desires.
  2. Avoid family conflicts: By clearly stating how you want your assets to be distributed, you reduce the risk of disputes among your loved ones.
  3. Appoint a trusted administrator: You can designate someone you trust to manage your assets in case of your passing.

Requirements for drafting a will in Alabama

  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • Be of sound mind.
  • The will must be made voluntarily, without external pressures.
  • Having it in writing, signed, and with witnesses is recommended.

If you don’t have a will and pass away, it’s said you’ve died “intestate.” In Alabama, if this happens, the law will determine how your assets are distributed. For instance, they might go to your spouse, children, parents, or even to the state if there are no close relatives.

Final advice

Don’t wait until it’s too late. Even if you don’t have significant assets, it’s advisable to have a will. And while you can draft one on your own, it’s wise to seek legal advice to ensure everything is in order.

If you need assistance with this topic or any other related to immigration or personal injuries, don’t hesitate to contact us at Abogados Centro Legal. Call us at 205-940-2233 or schedule your consultation. We’re here to serve our Latino community in Alabama.

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