Being prepared sometimes means planning for the worst, as in the end of you. We are all going to die, there is no getting around that. The only questions are where, when, and how you will meet your end. This isn’t anything to get upset about, it is a reality one has to deal with though. For the longest time I put this off due to laziness more than anything else. Preparing a last will and testament is a pain, takes time, and costs money…but every responsible adult should have one. A few months ago, I decided to correct this.
My employer offered a legal plan as a part of the benefits package, so I decided to avail myself of this service once my benefits kicked-in. I scheduled a meeting with a local attorney who was a part of the legal plan network, and within ten days, my will was done. I made multiple copies and gave one to the executor of my will so he would have it on-hand in the event of my demise. If and when my family situation changes, I will have it re-done to account for that. At least now, I have something in-place that provides clear instructions on how my assets will be disposed of.
In reality, preparing a last will is a courtesy for the friends, family, and loved ones that are left behind. It removes a burden from the survivors and can also help avoid probate issues. Of course, laws vary from state to state so before you create a will, make sure to consult an attorney who is familiar with the laws of your state. Like anything else, do your due diligence by researching the topic of will before having one created. Be sure to ask questions and know what are in the documents before you sign them.
Just remember that life will go on, just without you. Plan accordingly…