You might be asking yourself “why do I need a will?” The Times Herald-Record’s article “55 Plus: Four Reasons to Create a Will” provides some tips and important reasons for why you should make a will.
When you create a will, you are able to decide who will execute your estate.
Creating a will and appointing a trusted executor will help make certain that your estate is managed in accordance with your wishes and instructions. If you have a will, you help the people you leave behind. A legally valid will can avoid added costs of legal dealings. If you pass away without a will, the state will decide how your estate is divided.
Creating a will allows you to determine who inherits your estate. Your estate will include your home, motor vehicles, financial accounts, and any other personal property you want to pass on to your loved ones. The great thing about a will is that it clearly states the persons or organizations that will receive all or part of your estate after your death.
An experienced estate planning attorney can help you to understand your state laws and probate procedures – helping you answer the question of “why do I need a will”?
In your will, you can also decide and designate the person(s) who will care for your minor children. Creating a will gives you the opportunity to appoint a guardian for your minor children in the event of your death. If you don’t have a will stating a guardianship, a court can make the issue its own and appoint a guardian in your absence. It could be someone you don’t like or someone you hardly know.
By creating a will, you provide several benefits for yourself and your family. A will offers peace of mind that your loved ones will be cared for as you intend after you’re no longer around.
Finally, a reminder for those with wills and estate plans: review these documents every year so to be certain that everything is up to date. You want to be sure that your estate plan includes any new spouse, birth or adoption of a child or grandchild, death of a relative, and change in your financial situation.
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Reference: Times Herald-Record (Jan. 6, 2020) “55 Plus: Four Reasons to Create a Will”