It is alarming the number of married couples who do not have a written will. This shouldn’t be the case. A written will is too important and too easy to get to not have it.
Why Your Will Is Important
This is going to sound like a life insurance sales pitch, but I don’t care. “God forbid something should happen to you, your spouse or both at the same time…”
A written will makes it clear what your wishes are for the care of your children under age 18.
A written will makes it clear what your wishes are for your estate and can be structured to optimize the tax position for your beneficiaries.
A written will can include your LIVING will to make clear what your wishes are if you become physically unable to make important decisions.
A written will is the only document that holds up legally to make these critical decisions after we die.
Why Your Will Is Easy To Get
Stores like Office Depot or Staples sell kits or softwares that are affordable and simple to use to create a will.
Good attorneys do wills for affordable fees (more costly than the do-it-yourself options, but worth it in my opinion)
A piece of crumbled up paper with handwriting and a notary seal is better than nothing and would likely be honored in a court of law.
Do These Things To Make It Official
Get two witnesses to sign it (people who are not family or close friends).
Name an executor (the person to administer the will and handle all the legal and financial details).
Get it notarized (it just makes it more valid).
Don’t go another day without it. GET A WILL!!!