This week’s discussion is going to be about legal issues that you need to address when writing a spiritual and ethical will. We have already talked generally about entries for special people and charitable gifts, however, now we need to talk about meeting the legal issues that each state has for wills.
If you have an attorney then they are going to be your best resource for learning what wording you need to use and what components your spiritual and ethical will needs to have in order to be considered a legal and defendable document in your state. If you are going this alone then you will want to visit your state’s law site and research the probate rules that govern wills.
Many states are going to accept your will as you write it. As long as you include an executor, beneficiaries, a statement that this will is how you want your assets to be distributed after you pass away, and as long as you sign your will and have it witnessed, then it will probably be okay. However, some states have special requirements for how your will needs to be set up.
Knowing what is an ethical will is an important part of preparing for your future. When writing your spiritual ethical will you need to keep in mind legal issues that could challenge the validity of your will. When it doubt, it is always a good idea to consult an attorney to verify you have a valid spiritual ethical will. Come back next week for a discussion on the revisions process of your ethical will.
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