Why You Should Prepare Your Will Now

July 12th, 2011  |  Published in Estate Planning  |  7 Comments

Thinking about the future, the varied results, and those who could be affected, is very important. Everyone wants to ensure their family is taken care of, but when that time comes, people are often caught unaware. It is an eventuality that needs to be seen to, and you should feel comfortable confronting it.

It’s best to start planning for this at any time, but especially when you begin your Retirement Planning. Managing and dividing up an estate without a will can be very taxing for you loved ones, and can add more stress to an already emotionally taxing situation. Here are a few practical steps to think about when preparing your last will and testament:

Create a Will

Many laws have made it easier for family members to inherit the estate of someone who has died intestate (dying without a will and testament). If you don’t have a will, your estate could end up in probate. This is when the court decides how and what your inheritors receive. It’s a much better idea to have a living will. It allows you more advanced control to ensure that your wishes are directly followed to the letter of the law and gives your relatives guidance on anything from how your estate will be divided up to medical decisions made on your behalf.

Don’t Hire a Lawyer

Know that you don’t need a lawyer. As reported by MSN, you can cut out the stress and costs of hiring a lawyer by just doing it yourself. With so many online programs available, you can get the same job done at a very little expense to yourself. Websites offer many great services, including the ability to easily manage your estate planning and documents. It can cost as little as 50 dollars by using these websites and can range into the thousands if you decide to use a lawyer.

If you do decide to seek professional advice, there are many lawyers that do offer many services on this topic. They can help you make a list of all of your assets and liabilities, and help you decide what your beneficiaries will get. After this process is near completed, you’ll want to name an executor. This is a person of your choosing who will manage your estate after your death and ensure that your wishes are seen to. Before that point all of the your Spending in Retirement is completely up to you. It’s very common for people not to do this because they fear that their finances will be taken away from them.

Though it’s not easy dealing with the topic of death, it offers you or your loved ones peace of mind. Knowing that your family members are taken care of even after you’re gone. Taking these tips is a good start at getting your eventual needs set in order. Don’t wait till the last minute, because it will put a lot of pressure and stress on your family at a time when they need it least.

  

Responses

  1. Elizabeth says:

    July 20th, 2011 at 4:17 pm (#)

    Good post, very informative! I didn’t realize there were websites out there that can help you with your will, that’s definitely cheaper than hiring a lawyer!

  2. Janett Brown says:

    July 25th, 2011 at 12:49 pm (#)

    Thank you for this great post. But, I want to add something. You have to be fair when you are writing your will. I know that a parent may love one kid more than the other. But, don’t be the reason why your kids hate each other. 🙂

  3. Jerry says:

    August 5th, 2011 at 10:28 am (#)

    We have two children and have not yet prepared a will. This is a mistake, for sure. It is insurance that your kids are taken care of when you’re gone and they don’t have to go through probate. This will definitely lead to peace of mind when we get this done.

  4. Age Wise Retirement Blog says:

    August 9th, 2011 at 6:55 pm (#)

    I don’t want to be a contrary but just having my advance directives done it is very important that you know your states laws and get an attorney in your state to at least review your will and trusts. Wills and health care directives are not all created equal.

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