#1 – You Don’t Want To Be Able To Decide How Your Estate Will Be Distributed
If you don’t have anything to leave behind, then you might think that you don’t need to leave any instructions on how you want what little you have to be distributed… which I have heard many people say. The truth is, even if you don’t have a war chest of cash – you could probably imagine your loved ones fight over your junk. If this is the case, what few wordy possessions you do have – should go where you would like them to, right?
#2 – You Don’t Care Who Will Take Care Of Your Children
Parents, this one if for you. Have you even thought about it? If you and your spouse, should have to go at the same time… where do the kiddos go? Do you want your crazy sister to be the one to raise your children? I don’t think so. Even worst, in my opinion, would be for your family to fight over who gets the kids – actually, worst yet… is for the state to decide.
#3 – You Don’t Want Your Loved Ones To Avoid Legal Challenges
You’ll be dead, so who cares about the time, expense and conflict created to legally sort out your estate. You might even be thinking that your loved ones don’t really care about what happens to your “stuff”… and they might not, but at if they do… it sure would be nice for you to leave some instructions.
#4 – You Don’t Want To Make A Difficult Time Less Difficult
When your loved ones are mourning your death… really is not the ideal time to have to make huge decisions – including what do with your remains. What kind of coffin do you want – do you even want a coffin? Where do you want your finial resting place to be? What time of send off do you want… I was talking to someone the other day, and they mentioned wanting it to be a celebration. Newsflash – put it in writing, otherwise your loved one will just be doing the best they know how.
#5 – You Don’t Plan On Dying
This is one the main reasons, I think… most people don’t want to even think about dying and live as if they aren’t going to. Plus, this is really the only reason that make sense. Why else would you not have a will? I hate to be the one to tell you this, but you are going to die. Once you recover from this shocking news… think about how much easier it will be for your loved ones, if you have all your wished expressed in a legal document… outlining the details of what is to happen to you and all your “stuff”.
All in all, I think this is one of the more loving gestures that someone can make. The pain and anguish that you will be helping your loved ones avoid could be just another way you say how much you loved them… that you didn’t want your passing to cause any more unnecessary pain or discomfort.
Oh, one more thing… don’t just write it down – make sure it is legal and tell your loved ones what it says. Don’t make it a surprise.
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Do you have anything to add to the list? Can you think of any other Reasons You Should Not Have A Will? Share them in the comment section below. If you know someone that needs to read this… feel free to share it.