It’s not uncommon for someone to ask us, Where can I get a will? Why? When you begin to get your finances in order and you have something to leave to loved ones, you want to make sure it gets there.
The problem is that many people don’t put a priority on getting a will, so they don’t. And it’s not like it’s that difficult to do. So why am I talking about this? Estate planners tell us that nearly 70% of Americans die without a will.
I have seen both sides. I can tell you the families who lose a loved one who doesn’t have a will continue to suffer with the loss well beyond those whose loved one had a will. Here are some reasons to get one:
- They’re cheap! – You can get a will from USLegalForms.com for as low as $15. That’s dang cheap! You can even upgrade for a bit more, and they’ll have someone prepare it for you.
- Consider it a gift – With a will, your estate will be considerably easier to handle. It spells out who gets your assets and what needs to happen. Your family will be going through enough grief with your loss. Don’t throw on top of that the need to fight with other family members or have to split things up in a different percentage than you would like. You can make sure your family is provided for the way YOU want.
- Do you trust your state? – If your state has done a horrible job in handling the state’s finances, why in the world would you let them handle your estate? Without a will, they get to decide. And it’s not only where your assets go. If you have children and it’s not spelled out, they decide that, as well.
- Who really likes taxes? – Well, I guess there are a lot that do. But if you don’t, having a will can keep your family from paying more inheritance taxes than necessary. You’ve already paid taxes on your stuff, and your family will have to again—don’t let the government heap more on top of that.
So as an individual, you need to make this happen and soon. As a business, we offer all of our team members a free will. Yep. We pay for it. Again, it’s $15!!! Trust me when I say this isn’t an advertisement. It’s a plea.
Question: Do you know someone who did not have a will when they passed away?