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How Well Do You Know Criminal Law?

Sure, you know what's illegal and what's not. You know how to avoid breaking the law. But do you know the technicalities that can get your case dismissed in court? Do you know what kind of evidence is allowed in your defense and what isn't? Do you know how to effectively cross-examine a witness? If the answer to these questions is no, then you shouldn't be considering defending yourself in court. When a criminal case gets to court, innocence doesn't matter as much as experience with criminal law does. You need an experienced lawyer to help you defend yourself. In this blog, I'll share experiences that can help you understand what is going to happen in court and how to assist in your own defense. But the most important piece of advice I can give you is this: don't go to court without a lawyer.

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Situations Where You May Need To Update Your Will

After writing your own will, the last thing you want to do is simply leave the will unchanged. Major changes may happen in your life and you will want to make sure that your will is updated to reflect these changes. If you have undergone a major change in your life, you will want to speak with a probate attorney.

Moving to Another State

If you moved to another state, you will need to make sure that your will is in compliance with the laws of your state.

Births, Deaths, and Marriages

Whenever your family experiences a change, whether it be a marriage, addition to the family, or death, you will need to update your will. Otherwise, your estate might become a mess and you may leave inheritances and bequests that you did not intend while others may be left out of the will unintentionally. 

If you have had children, it's especially important to name guardians of your minor children in the event of your death. If you do not name who will have custody in the will, the courts will decide who will receive custody. Family members will not necessarily have the right to custody.

Decide Whether You Still Want to Use the Executor

When writing your will, you will need to decide who will be the executor. This is the individual who is responsible for administering your estate. However, if there is any reason why the current executor will not be able to administer your estate, make sure to update your will. The executor does not have to be a financial professional, but you will need the executor to be someone who you can trust to carry out your will.

When You Want to Leave Someone Out of Your Will

Certain family members have a tendency to receive a portion of your inheritance such as your children. However, if you would like to specifically write someone out of your will, make sure to clarify this during an update. 

Update the Provision for Your Assets

When you acquire new possessions, you will need to update your will to take into account who you would like to pass your assets along to in your will. Otherwise, the courts might decide how your assets will be distributed. If you are concerned about whether you should update your will, an estate attorney will be happy to help you.

Contact a firm like Wright Law Offices, PLLC to learn more.