In this article, our Chicago will attorneys discusses the process of creating a will that covers the creators wishes when they pass. A will is a legal document that sets forth the wishes of its creator (known as a “testator”) in the event of death. The purpose of a will is to be recognized by a probate court as the governing document for the management of the testator’s estate. In your will you should include the following clauses that accomplish the following: name beneficiaries, name an executor, and name a guardian for minor children. While a will need not be drafted by an attorney to be legally valid, there are many reasons that working with an attorney is advisable: having an attorney draft your will is not expensive, attorneys help avoid ambiguities, attorneys can ensure that your will is valid, attorneys can help you avoid mistakes regarding setting forth your wishes, and attorneys can counsel your options.