People put off estate planning for many different reasons. In some cases, they just assume that they’ll tell someone what they want to happen when they get closer to the end of their life, and that will take care of it. They see no point in doing paperwork and taking the time to plan in advance, especially when their assets and debts can change over time, if they can just let a loved one know what they want when needed.
If you’ve been thinking this way, please note that these oral wills do not hold up in Connecticut. They do not count. A will must be made in writing. Just telling someone, even with a witness or in an emergency, is not enough. It will not be a binding contract in court.
In other words, you need to get your final wishes in writing. Following the proper steps needed to craft a valid will is the only way to guarantee that what you want to happen with your estate is what will really happen.
Plus, a written will reduces the chances of an estate dispute. This is why oral wills are typically not permitted. A beneficiary can say anything that they want. That does not provide proof that what they are saying is actually in line with what the person wanted. It could be a prime situation for fraud, as they can just invent details that give them a financial edge when the estate gets distributed. Others may contest that, but, lacking a document, there’s no way to prove who is correct.
Don’t risk the outcome of your estate like this. Take the time to learn about the official steps you can take to make certain that your will is legally valid and enforceable after your death.