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No one enjoys pondering their own mortality, but we can all help unburden our loved ones after we’ve gone, by creating a will.
Bankrate’s recent article entitled “Why it’s important for every adult to get a will” explains why you need a will and how to protect what you most cherish after you pass away.
Many people think that a will must be a complicated document full of confusing legal jargon. However, the purpose of a will is really very simple despite its importance. A will is a legal document that disposes of your property at your death. In addition, wills address several issues required to be resolved after death, such as who will care for your children, who will make decisions about your estate and who will receive your assets? Every adult should have a will that speaks to these issues. If you don't, the State will step in to decide all these matters for you, and it may not represent your desires at all.
There are several types of wills which are customized based on your property and assets. Some people have specific instructions regarding special bequests at their death, and others pass everything to a surviving spouse and children.
Testamentary will. This will is prepared in advance and is signed in front of witnesses. This is the most common type of will.
Holographic will. This is a will that is written by hand and is frequently a last resort in emergency situations. It is not valid in all states.
Mutual will. A couple can create a joint will, so that when one spouse dies, the other remains bound by the existing will’s terms.
Pour-over will. This type of will is used when you plan to “pour” your assets into a previously established trust at your death.
There are many reasons why you should have a will. A will can:
Speak to an experienced estate planning attorney about the right will for your situation.
Reference: Bankrate (Nov. 6, 2020) “Why it’s important for every adult to get a will”
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