Three Reasons You Need A Will

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Visit with legal assistance experts at the Senior Center or get a packet of documents from the Senior Circle to help prepare a will, an advance care directive and other important papers to make sure your wishes are known.

If you’ve been paying attention to celebrity news, you’ve probably noticed several cases where courts are tied up with relatives and lawyers fighting over estates, children and money. One reason these cases take time — and money — to be resolved is because of the absence of an updated will.

No matter how young, healthy, wealthy or prepared for retirement you are, you can’t predict what will happen in the future. But you can make your wishes for the future known, especially those that involve your family after your death.

A last will could be the most important document you ever sign. Without one, the courts determine what happens to your assets — and your minor children — when you die.

“Individuals of all ages and stages in life need to think about and create a will so their final wishes are followed,” says Brian Liu, co-founder and chairman of LegalZoom.com. “Having a last will is very important for families. This protects loved ones and reduces — or even eliminates — confusion during a very difficult time.”

Here are three reasons everyone should organize a last will:

• Children. If you have minor children, you need to specify guardians. A will allows you — and not the court system — to determine who would best care for your children and raise them the way you would rear them.

• Property. Recording your wishes for the distribution of your assets and property not only ensures that your decisions are honored but it can also help your family avoid destructive conflicts over these issues.

• Final decisions. Grieving the loss of a loved one is hard enough to handle. Sparing your loved ones the stress and anxiety of determining how you would like to be honored and remembered can be avoided with a will.

Preparing a last will isn’t difficult, and services like LegalZoom.com make the process easier and affordable. LegalZoom helps you create reliable legal documents from your home or office. Simply answer a few questions online and your documents will be prepared within 48 hours. Your answers are reviewed for consistency and common mistakes, and the company guarantees your satisfaction.

By completing a last will online and keeping it updated, you can have all of your final wishes followed, and save your family plenty of stress.

Courtesy of ARAcontent

Editor’s note: The Payson Regional Senior Circle has a packet of materials from the Arizona attorney general’s office outlining the way to prepare the appropriate documents to direct health care and other issues in the event an individual is incapacitated by critical illness or injury.

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