No matter what your age is or your current economic status, creating a will is the best estate planning step you can take. You will die intestate if you die without a will and this means that state law will determine where your earthly possessions go. This may not go down well with you as the dispersal of assets might not be according to your wish. Here are some factors to consider when writing down your will.

  • Executor

The executor will be in charge of handling your estate. This should be someone that you trust implicitly and who is organized and responsible, remember that handling an estate involves a lot of paperwork. Talk to this person ahead of time to see if he/she is ready to take on this responsibility. You should also let him or her know where to find important documents like your will, insurance policies and also passwords for different accounts.

  • Property

Your will covers both the real and personal property so you will need a comprehensive list to work from as you decide who will get what. Your real property includes land, houses and other immoveable objects. Your personal property will include stocks, bank accounts, jewelry, family heirlooms and the like.

  • Beneficiaries

Your beneficiaries are the people who will be inheriting your real and personal property in accordance to your will. Normally these are the people who are the closest to you, however you should also think about what may happen if both you and your spouse die at the same time. You should explicitly state your wishes in your will, the more detailed the better.

  • Legal guardian for minor children

Normally when one parent dies, the other parent will get the custody of the minor children. But there are circumstances when this is not the case. Both parents could die at the same time and there could be complications. You need to think about who should raise the kids in the event of your demise and you have to name a legal guardian for your children. Also be sure of listing a second choice in case the named legal guardian does not want the responsibility.

For a lot of people pets are members of the family although under law they fall under the bracket of personal property. You can include provision under your will to determine who will take care of your pets after you are gone. Also remember to speak to this person to ensure they are ready to take on the responsibility.

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