Georgia Wills Lawyer

A Last Will and Testament is the foundation of your Estate Plan. More commonly referred to as a Will, this legal tool outlines your final wishes, how your possessions should be distributed after your death and other details about your passing.

Without a Will, the court will decide for you. If you want to maintain control over your legacy and protect your family’s financial future, you need to work with a seasoned Estate Planning attorney at Nelson Elder Care Law. Together, our Georgia Wills lawyers can help you create a plan that will ensure your final wishes are honored.

Four Legal Requirements of a Will in Georgia

There are several requirements for a Will to be valid in Georgia. If a Will fails to meet even one of these requirements, the court could rule the entire document invalid. Did you know that over 73 percent of wills fail once the reach the courts? It is important to know how to make a Will in Georgia, and our local attorneys can help you craft an effective Will that is legally enforceable, which will help your loved ones avoid complications down the line.

1. Written Document

While some states allow oral or verbal Wills, a Will is only viable in Georgia if it is in writing. The Will can be typed or hand-written, but it must be recorded in writing to be valid under state law.

2. Age Requirement

Any person aged 14 or above may create a Will as long as they have the capacity to do so.

3. Testamentary Capacity

Regardless of your age, you must be competent to make a valid Will. Testamentary Capacity means a person’s ability to do something successfully or efficiently This simply means that you have a rational desire to create or change your Will, and you understand the consequences of doing so.

Additionally, any decisions you make about your Will must be made freely. A Will is not valid if someone else influences you, either by duress or fraud.

4. Signed and Witnessed

You are required to sign your Will in order for it to be valid. Anything from a handwritten signature to a simple mark can fulfill this requirement.

You should also have two witnesses sign your Will. While these witnesses do not have to be notaries, having a Will notarized could help simplify the process of validating the document after your death.

Why is it Important to Update a Will Frequently?

Your Last Will and Testament represents all of your final wishes. This document can impact your legacy as well as the future of your family. Accordingly, Rather than creating a Will and then forgetting about it, you should regularly review this tool to ensure that it is up to date. This is especially important following major life changes, such as the birth of a newborn child or a divorce. The laws may also change.  Our attorneys are experienced in helping Georgia residents update their Wills to address any changes in circumstances or desires.

Contact a Georgia Wills Attorney for Assistance

While you can create a Will on your own, it is better to do so with help from a professional. There are many minor errors that could potentially make your Will invalid under the law. We have witnessed this so many times and it is often too late for us to help.

If you want to secure your goals for the future or update your current Will, call Nelson Elder Care Law. A trustworthy Georgia Wills lawyer will answer all your questions during our free initial consultation.

Hear From Our Clients

“On the threshold of retirement, we finally decided to quit thinking we could self-prepare the requisite documents. We had previously had only a very simple will. We needed the necessary legal (including updated will) & health care docs but didn’t want to deal with the time & complication of legalese. Cindy made the process relatively painless. She took the time to explain and answer questions without trying to upsell services. We were done in 2 meetings plus the reading of emailed drafts. In addition to preparing the documents, Nelson Eldercare will be there when our adult children need advice on executing the plans we’ve put in place.So glad it’s behind us and would recommend Cindy and her helpful staff.”

- Bonnie

Cindy and her company treat their clients like family. Nelson’s offers clear, direct, and honest guidance in planning for your families security and future. No one wants to actively sit down and make these decisions, but Nelson’s makes this process seamless. I was so impressed with their willingness to answer all questions big or small. So glad I made the decision have them help my mom and dad and now me. You can’t go wrong with Nelson’s Elder Care Law.

- Hope

The very best elder law attorney and staff anyone could ever ask for! I have referred a number of clients to Cindy and she never disappoints. She is kind, caring, and extremely thorough in making sure everything is completed as it should be. I highly recommend Cindy for anyone needing lawyer services; she truly goes above and beyond for every client she helps and has had a huge impact in so many peoples’ lives. Thank you, Cindy and staff, for everything that you do- I’m so glad to know you!

- Kerri

I heard Cindy’s presentation at a Senior Luncheon at my church, and was very impressed. She helped my daughter and me understand many aspects of elder law. Josh has also been very helpful in my planning to enter an independent living situation . I have told many friends about them.

- Charlotte

Cindy and the Nelson Elder Care Law team are trustworthy and helpful. They are the experts in elder care law. At Leaf Cremation, we entrust our families to the care of the Nelson team when their services are needed.

- Pierce
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Description: My mom recently moved her from Florida, and we knew we had to update her will. I started looking into elder care options, and I’m so thankful we found Nelson Elder Care Law. Right from the start, every question was answered, every person was friendly, informative and supportive, and the process has simply been so easy! We now have such peace of mind because of the services that NECL offers. We will use them again when it’s our turn to get things in order, and we would highly recommend them to EVERYONE. Thank you to each person who has helped us along the way. It’s been a pleasure.

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