A last will and will are the most common document considered when it comes to an estate plan. But in reality, it is only a very small part of an integrated estate plan that ensures that your family stays out of court and conflict free if something happens to you.
Don’t think that you can just write your own will online and that it will help your family.
You have likely seen ads from services touting the idea that you can quickly write your own will – maybe even while on the airport security line (seriously, I’ve seen these ads on my own Facebook feeds) .
Instead, think about the reality that attempting to do this could cause far more problems for your loved ones later when you are trying to write your own will. Your family and loved ones need professional support from someone who can help you figure out what you own, who you love, and what would happen to you and everyone you love if something happened to you.
Death is inevitable – and before that there can be incapacity. These are not negotiable.
When you face these matters directly, you – and your loved ones – will have the best life possible. Otherwise, it’s the people you love who get stuck with everything you didn’t want to worry about right now.
Unfortunately, walking alone can cause you to miss important aspects of what happens in the event of your incapacity or death. For example, you might think a will is enough if you really need an estate avoidance trust to keep your family out of court and the foreseeable conflict that comes with litigation in court. A five minute will won’t help you stay out of court. In fact, by definition, a will must go to a probate court with all of the delays, costs, and public risks that the probate court entails.
Or you may think that your children are adequately protected because you have a will and that they go to the people you want to take care of, but you may really need a Complete Child Protection Plan® and without it your children could end up Caring for strangers, if only temporarily. Before doing anything, you should educate yourself and empower yourself to do the right thing.
The right plan for you starts with knowing what you have and then making it clear what it takes to get your family out of court and into conflict and keep your assets out of your state’s unclaimed real estate fund. When you’re ready to write your will, that’s great – come visit us first.
The biggest mistake you can make is not to face the reality of death, the second biggest mistake is to face the reality of death alone.
If you need help getting started, contact your personal family lawyer. We’ll help you with this so you can make sure your loved ones are protected and your wishes are taken into account.
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