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Fort Walton Beach Wills Attorney

Asset Planning Solutions in Okaloosa County

At Dowd Law Firm, our experienced Fort Walton Beach and Destin wills attorney is always ready to assist clients who need to put their affairs in order. Creating a will provides you with legal control over the distribution of your estate after your death. It enables you to specify your beneficiaries, divide your property and assets, and even appoint guardians for your children or dependents. Given the significant importance of this legal document, the assistance of a wills attorney cannot be overstated. When working with John Dowd and the team at the Dowd Law Firm, you will have the benefit of 25+ years of legal experience. We provide sound and reliable asset planning solutions for clients throughout Okaloosa County.

If you're considering drafting a last will and testament, don't hesitate to reach out to our skilled wills attorney in Fort Walton Beach and Destin at (850) 972-2233 or by messaging us online.

Florida Laws Governing Wills and Last Testaments

A will, also referred to as a Last Will and Testament, is a legally binding document that outlines how you want your assets and wealth distributed after your death. If you pass away without a will, a condition known as "intestate," your property will be distributed according to state law, not your personal preferences.

To be considered legally binding, a will must meet certain criteria: 

  • Document Composition: The will must be a written document. This can be typed or handwritten if it is legible and clearly expresses the testator's intentions. 
  • Signature of the Testator: The will must bear the signature of the person making the will, also known as the testator. In some cases, a proxy may sign on behalf of the testator, but this should be clearly indicated and done under the testator's explicit direction. 
  • Signature Placement: The testator's signature should be affixed at the end of the document. This is to ensure that all provisions and clauses stated before the signature are considered part of the will. 
  • Witnesses: The presence of two witnesses is crucial during the signing of the will. They confirm that the testator was of sound mind and willingly signed the will. 
    Florida has specific laws that dictate the creation and execution of a valid will. Failure to adhere to these guidelines could result in your will being partially or entirely invalidated.
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Why Choose Dowd Law Firm?

  • Proven Track Record
    We have a reputation for achieving consistent and high-quality results for our clients.
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    We will focus on the intricacies of your case to achieve the most favorable outcome.

  • One-On-One Attention
    We're committed to working closely with our clients to effectively resolve their cases.
  • 25+ Years Of Experience
    Attorney John R. Dowd Jr. is backed by extensive experience in a wide range of legal matters.

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