It is never pleasant to dwell on your own possible death, but it is necessary if you want to protect the ones you love from potential conflicts after you pass away. Even those who are relatively young and in good health have issues to consider if they own any property and don’t want their loved ones to fight over it if and when they pass away. If you want to reduce the risk of conflicts between your loved ones in the wake of your death, you absolutely need to create a will.
Few things are as destructive to a family or community as infighting over the property of a deceased loved one. Even if you do not own a great deal of property, you must still determine recipients of those things when you pass. Otherwise, you leave the process up to the state, which has no understanding of your family or your community.
When the state divides property after death, it uses the same standards and relationship guidelines for everyone, with no regard to relationship or preference. Furthermore, the process of dividing a deceased person’s property, known as probate, can take months or even years, and often drains resources in the process.
One of the most loving things you can do for your family and community is to create a will and discuss it with the ones you love. Not only can you use this opportunity to share with the ones you love, you can help avoid hurt conflicts among your loved ones after you pass.
If you are ready to create a strong will that clearly expresses your wishes and protects your rights, do not hesitate to reach out to an experienced attorney for all your estate planning needs. At Faith, Ledyard, and Faith, we have years of experience crafting strong estate planning solutions for every need.