The one thing that has been a topic of conversation for everyone lately is New Year’s Resolutions. Lets think about the traditional – lose weight, drink less, eat better, exercise, sleep more, stop smoking – these are all great ideas but are really things that we should all be doing any time of year, not just at the beginning of a new one. If it works for you, though, to set a date, then so be it.
My number one goal for 2014 is to write a will. It is the most important legal document one could sign. It can ensure that all of your wishes are granted and also help the family members that are left behind after your death. It can save frustration, tears and lots of money. Here are a few key reasons to start writing a will today:
For your kids – If you have children and have not designated someone to care for them after you are gone, the courts can decide with whom and where they will live. Take a second and figure out where your children will be happiest without you.
For your parents – If you don’t have children and your parents out live you, it is tons of paperwork, lots of time and multiple hoops to jump through to handle your estate. Ensure you name a person to be the executor of your will and designate who should receive your assets.
For yourself – If you don’t have it in writing, no one can know exactly what your wishes are upon your death. Do you want services in a church, if so, where? Do you want to be cremated or a traditional burial? If you choose to be buried, which cemetery do your prefer? Although they seem morbid, these are all questions we should be asking ourselves and making decisions on right now.
There are no guarantees for tomorrow and none of us knows when our time is up. However, we all know what it is like to lose someone close to us and can appreciate what a difficult time that can be. The last thing anyone needs to deal with in a time of mourning is handling someone else’s estate. It’s not fair and can take months to years to have everything finally settled. Do yourself and your loved ones a favor and grab a pen and paper and start writing your wishes down. It’s the nicest thing you can do for all that will be left behind.