A Will is a legal document that specifically outlines your personal wishes and desires of how your assets and property will pass, and to whom they will pass on to, upon your death. Your Will specifically names the person you are entrusting to act as your personal representative or executor to ensure your wishes are carried out. It can also specifically name your beneficiaries, provide funeral directions, assign a guardian to be responsible for the care of your dependents or pets, and your trustees.

A Will ensures your assets and property pass ownership based on your wishes and not based on the judgment of the law and protects your family from disputes and additional stress. While there are a few “do it yourself” templates that allow you to make your own Will, these templates typically don’t account for all the unique situations your family will need to include in a Will.