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All the bizarre state regulations that trigger if you die without a will. We cover why a will is important for even young couples with children and single professionals, among others. We also cover a few recommendations on how to get started and how to get a will completed in half an hour.
Wills aren’t exactly the sexiest topic of conversation. I get it. Compared to skydiving, the latest football game, and that weird cat video your friend sent you, the discussion of your potential untimely demise and a dense legal document accompanying it isn’t exactly scintillating. However, an hour of your time now can save your loved ones a ton of heartache (and even thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars) down the road.
I’ve had a will since I was 26, and I highly recommend you consider one, too.
At its heart, a will is actually a very simple document. You simply outline how you wish your assets to be distributed upon your death. Many folks think creating a will is costly and time consuming, but that doesn’t have to be true. You can create a will with a legal template maker, and one of the strongest ways to ensure the will will stand up to any challenges is to have witnesses to your signing of the will; neither of these things has to cost much at all. I created my will with Quicken’s WillMaker product. It cost something like $20-25, and I can use it to make wills for as many people as I like, and change it as many times