Do you want to think about your death? No, of course not. Nobody does. But the fact is, we all die, and the more prepared we are for it, the better.
In fact, you’ll feel better about your death if you take control over what happens after you die. Do this by setting up a will so that your loved ones will not have to guess what you’d want them to do. It’s a way to create peace of mind for yourself and them.
And if you’d still rather not think much about your death? That’s okay too – once you get it written, you can set your will aside and stop thinking about it.
Here’s an overview of what to include in your will, and why writing a will can be one of the best things you’ll ever do. To make it easy, we’ve outlined a few steps you can follow.
1. Know Your Reasons for Writing a Will
In case you’re on the fence about whether to write a will or let it go, let’s go over a few good reasons to write a will. First, there are many benefits of estate planning, and a will is a legal document that outlines your plans.
2. Keep Your Kids and Family’s Best Interests In Mind
Your will spells out things like what your family will inherit, like who gets the house and certain heirlooms. It also outlines which charities of your choice will benefit from getting donations from your estate, and what happens to your furbabies- let’s not forget about them!
3. Remember What Happens if There is No Will
It’s important to note that not having a will can have consequences. If you don’t specify what you want to happen, the responsibility may fall on your kids or another relative who will then have to figure out what to do. And if you don’t have relatives or an estate manager, the state may come in and sell all your stuff.
4. Consider Hiring an Attorney
If you don’t know how to write a will or don’t feel like you have a lot to leave behind, you could get a DIY kit online that covers the basics. But if you have a big estate, hiring an attorney may be the best way to go.
When you have a lot of stuff, writing a will is a lot easier if you have an estate planning lawyer. They’ll go over the various types of wills out there, and explain issues like whether to write a will vs trust.
5. Ensure that Your Will is 100% Valid
Most importantly, they’ll make sure your will is set up to ensure that your wishes take place. Sometimes if wills aren’t written the right way, a court might rule them invalid- and nobody wants that to happen.
Don’t Put It Off – Write Your Will Today!
The process of writing a will doesn’t have to be intimidating if you go about it the right way. Whether you choose to use a DIY template or hire an attorney, it’s better to do it sooner rather than later.
Death isn’t a pleasant topic, but once you make a will you won’t have to worry about what will happen once you are gone. Do yourself a favor and gain peace of mind for yourself and your family by making a will today.
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