We prepare and write wills that protects our client’s wishes.
Jennifer Mills (Peeler) Peek
A will or testament is a legal document. Its requirements are determined by state law. It allows people to decide what happens to their property and to direct how it is distributed when they die. The person making the will is called a testator in legal parlance.
In order for a will to be valid, it must represent the intent of the testator and the testator must have had the mental capacity to make the decision and the will must be free of fraud or undue influence. Most states require a will to be signed by the testator and witnessed by two people. A will should then be “proven” and the best way to do this is to have the will’s signatory and witnesses be witnessed by a notary public.
If a person dies without a valid will, the person is said to be “intestate.” In Kentucky, the laws are complicated about what happens to the property of the deceased person. If you want your wishes to be observed and don’t want to place a legal burden on the survivors, it is important to have a will.
Legal representation, while not required is recommended for the person making the will and also by the survivors after death. The laws and procedures can be complicated for the layperson but legal representation can avoid many of the mistakes people can make administering an estate. Some mistakes can be costly, if not just frustrating and time-consuming.
Settling the estate of a deceased person means first settling all the financial matters like paying off and collecting any debts and then distributing the remaining assets according to the will or according to the law if there isn’t any will. Getting legal help making a will and settling one after death can save you enormous headaches.
You deserve a knowledgeable advocate who is dedicated to helping people who are going
through the difficult process of family-related legal challenges.
Our first responsibility is to our clients.
We will always be there when they need us.
Jennifer handles your Illinois or Kentucky family law (including divorce, child custody, adoption, grandparent’s rights, etc.), criminal defense, and general law needs (including wills, POAs, etc) in her friendly, family-oriented office setting.
She knows that all other aspects of family law are delicate and sensitive practice areas. We can treat you with the kindness, sensitivity, and discretion you would expect, yet still, be tough and strong on your behalf. It’s what we do, every day.