Your will can ensure that your assets will be distributed to the people you intend, and in the manner you feel is appropriate. In Oregon, if you die without a will, then your assets go to specified people by law, and might not be available to those who may need your assets most. In order for a will to be valid, there are strict requirements in its execution, and we will make sure they are done right. However, making a will does not avoid probate, a process which can take up to a year or more to properly distribute your assets as you intended. In order to avoid probate, other estate planning tools are needed, such as creating a trust.