Important Items to Include in Your Will

The most important document in your life is not your marriage license. It’s not your mortgage statement. It’s not your college diploma. The most important document in your life is your will. You don’t have a will? It is in your best interest to have one created as soon as possible, especially if you have minor children. The worst thing that can happen is that you pass away without a will, leaving your children and your money to the mercy of the courts.

Name an Executor

The very first thing you should do when writing a will with an attorney is name an executor. An executor is a person who will ensure that your will is carried out based on your documented wishes. This person will make sure that the property listed is handed out as explained in the will. You should name an alternate in the event the first person you name cannot serve as executor of your will.

Guardianship of Children

If you have children, one of the most important items to include in your will is the guardianship of those children. Ensuring a section about guardianship in your will makes life a lot easier for you as a parent. You no longer have to worry about what will happen to your children should you pass away or should you and your spouse pass away at the same time.

The majority of laws on the books move guardianship to a spouse, sibling, or your parent if you pass without a spouse. You can ensure that your children are cared for by the people of your choosing by including guardianship in your will.

Real Property

There is a big difference between property and real property when it comes to writing a will. You definitely want to include a section for real property in your will. Real property is any piece of real estate you might own or have an interest in, not just the items inside those properties.

This property can be a primary home, a vacation home, a rental property, commercial property and even empty parcels of land. Depending on your financial situation, it might be best to create a trust when writing your will so the real property is transferred to the right people upon your passing.


As most people know from a simple conversation, the most common reason why wills are created is so that assets can be properly handed down upon death. A will is also the easiest and most effective way to ensure that your assets get into the right hands once you are gone.

You can distribute a myriad of belongings in your will, including bank accounts, jewelry, cars, art collections, sports collectibles, dinnerware, pictures and much more. Be sure you provide your attorney with adequate descriptions of every item you want to leave behind so that there is no confusion when it’s time for the reading of the will.

Funeral Arrangements

If you have specific ideas about your funeral arrangements, you should consider including a document in your will that describes these wishes. This will make it much easier for your loved ones when the time comes to plan the funeral. It will also help prevent any arguments among loved ones about your possible wishes.

Are you ready to create a will in New Jersey? Contact Trish Davis, Esquire in Cinnaminson at 856-829-9204 or complete the Contact form on the website.