We all want to do nice things for our loved ones. We go on family trips and celebrate life’s wins together. It’s sometimes difficult for us to consider the bad things that can happen in life, but we still have to be prepared. That’s why having a will is so important!
Not having a will in place leaves room for arguments among your loved ones and anyone else who might pop up wanting a piece of your stuff. That’s not okay! The last thing you want to do is add more stress to their lives after you’re gone. This is your legacy we’re talking about here. Do you want to leave that to chance?
Protecting your wealth—and your family—with a will is one of the best gifts you can leave to those you love. And with August being National Make-a-Will Month, there’s no better time to get yours done.
What exactly is a will, and why is it important to have one?
Your grieving family members won’t automatically know what you wanted them to do with your money or your stuff—you need to tell them. That’s where your will comes in.
A will basically establishes a plan for how your stuff is distributed after you die. It’s your way of saying exactly who gets what and what goes where—and getting it down in writing.
According to a recent survey conducted by Ramsey Research, almost three out of four parents with kids (74%) don’t have a will in place. That’s a big problem!
How do you make a will?
Yanking out a sheet of paper and scribbling “My family gets all my stuff” isn’t going to cut it. But making a will really isn’t that hard. And in most cases, you don’t even need to go to an expensive lawyer to get one done.
Here are seven quick steps that will help you create a will that sticks:
And if you need a helpful guide, this will preparation checklist can help you decide what you need to have in your will before you create one.
Don’t wait another day to get your will!
Once you’ve really thought through what you want to include in your will, you can prepare it in 20 minutes or less. There are plenty of places online that make it easy for you to create a will that’s specific to the state where you live.
No matter how much or how little you own, you need a will. Your loved ones will already be going through a lot when you pass away, and you don’t want to add stress to an already stressful situation.