Here’s a subject that no one really wants to deal with — setting up your will, or revisiting your will. However, it’s an issue that you really need to tackle right here, right now. Otherwise, it’s just going to end up making your family’s life a lot less vibrant and a lot less healthy from every angle. How can we say that? Well, we’ve seen it too many times — if there’s no will in place, it’s a rollercoaster of uncertainty and instability. No one knows what goes to whom, and there’s a lot of fighting. Now, we’re not saying that a will eliminates hard feelings and emotions completely. However, if we had our choices, we would take steps while we’re alive to make a will that spells out exactly who gets what.
So let’s revisit the will you set up, okay? That’s right — just because you set up a will doesn’t mean that you should just let it collect dust. You will still want to make sure that everyone listed in your will is exactly where they need to be. What if you got divorced and you no longer want your first wife to be able to just take your assets? Maybe you have a second wife that needs to get everything. What about who needs to watch over your children? That should be spelled out in your will and updated at least every year or two.
You don’t have to get a lawyer to update your will, but it’s not a bad idea to get an attorney with experience to go ahead and touch up your will. This is something where things can get nasty in hurry, and that means that you will need to make sure that even if you weren’t here to defend your wishes, things will go smoothly.
Since most lawyers charge by the hour, this is not something that has to cost a lot of money — but you do need to get started!