The distinction between a Will lawyer and a probate lawyer comes with timing. Namely, before and after death – while you are alive, you work with a Will lawyer to craft a Will, and then your family (if necessary) works with a probate attorney to carry out your wishes as specified in the Will, after your death.

Main Parts Of A Will

Here are some of the main parts of a Will that you will review with your attorney. You should think about these elements before meeting with your Will lawyer, to save you both time (and to save you money).


You should state your number of children, including step-children and adopted children. You want to list the person who should be guardian of your minor children, if you have any.

Executor and Trustee

Designating the person or people you want to oversee the distribution of your assets is crucial. You also should list the powers you want this Executor and Trustee to have – such as the power to sell your house and your car.

Disposition of Assets

Which beneficiaries should receive which of your assets? Are some of these assets held in trusts? Do certain bank accounts go to certain individuals? Is there a Minors’ Trust for any beneficiaries under the age of 18?

No Contest Provision

This “Will Contest Provision” is in place in case any person or institution (a business, for example) tries to oppose the probate or provisions of your Will.