Why you should make a will

Making a will is an important step in planning your estate and ensuring that your wishes are carried out after your death. Here are some things to consider when making a will:

  • Beneficiaries: Decide who you want to leave your assets to, including family members, friends, and charities.
  • Executors: Choose someone you trust to carry out your wishes and manage your estate after your death.
  • Guardians: If you have minor children, you may want to appoint a guardian to take care of them in the event of your death.
  • Specific gifts: Consider leaving specific gifts to certain individuals, such as family heirlooms or sentimental items.
  • Debts and liabilities: Consider any debts or liabilities you may have, and how they should be handled after your death.
  • Funeral arrangements: Consider your funeral and burial wishes, including any specific instructions for your service or final resting place.
  • Tax implications: Consider the tax implications of your estate, and whether there are any steps you can take to minimize the tax burden on your beneficiaries.
  • Changes in circumstances: Remember to update your will if your circumstances change, such as if you get married, divorced, or have additional children.
  • Legal requirements: Ensure that your will meets the legal requirements of your jurisdiction, and that it is properly executed and witnessed.
  • Professional advice: Consider seeking the advice of a lawyer or other professional when making your will, especially if you have complex assets or family situations.

By considering these factors, you can create a comprehensive and legally valid will that reflects your wishes and provides for your loved ones after your death.

It’s important to consult with a legal professional when making a will, as they can guide you through the process, ensure that all the document is properly prepared and executed, and help you understand the legal implications involved.

Katherine Oakes is able to offer as free initial meeting to discuss your affairs.

Please note that the information provided is for guidance purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice.

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