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Wills

Experienced Oklahoma trusts and estates attorney can draft your last will and testament

A will is essential at every stage of your life, providing you with the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes for what will happen upon your death. A will is necessary if you intend to leave property to someone who is not your blood relative — for example, a domestic partner, a friend or a charity. If you die without a will, it is the court that determines how your property is distributed, who cares for your children and even what happens to your beloved pets — and the decisions that the court makes might not reflect your desires.

My name is James R. Rodgers. I have more than 40 years of experience. I can assist by drafting a valid will to ensure that your intentions are honored.

Changing your will

As your life evolves, so might your estate plan, and you might need to update your will throughout your life. I draft valid codicils that address changes in your financial situation, marital status, parenthood status, philanthropic interests and general lifestyle decisions.

Appointing a guardian

Your will enables you to make decisions about the future care of your minor children. This is especially crucial if you are a single parent or in the event that both parents die in a common incident. If you have not named a guardian for your children, the court appoints one, who may make parental decisions contrary to what you would have wanted. In your will, you can also make arrangements for the care of your pets, naming a guardian to take responsibility for them.

Creating an optimal estate plan

Drafting an effective will requires more than filling in a form. If a court determines that your will is invalid, your desires will not be honored upon your death. I meticulously draft your will and consider all aspects of your estate plan. I review your family arrangements, financial situation and philosophical goals — so as to guide you in making the best estate planning decisions — and I draft your will accordingly.

Contact James R. Rodgers today

I serve clients in Blackwell and throughout the entire state of Oklahoma. Call my office at 580-363-3684 or contact me online today.