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Many people believe they only need a will once they accumulate excessive wealth. Is this true? When do you need a will, trust, or healthcare directive?

Many people believe they only need a will once they accumulate excessive wealth. Is this true? When do you need a will, trust, or healthcare directive?

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Why You Need A Will

  1. 1. Do I Need A Will? PRESENTED BY: THE BROOKE LAW GROUP
  2. 2. Many people in their twenties and thirties believe they don’t need a will until they are “older.”
  3. 3. The truth is, anyone with a full time job, house, spouse or children can benefit from having a will.
  4. 4. A will protects you and your loved ones. You don’t want to have your savings, retirement, home and property go through the court system (known as probate).
  5. 5. Chances are, you have a pretty good idea of where you’d like your money and property and assets (known as your estate) to go.
  6. 6. A WILL also called your last will and testament, is an official document that lets your family and the court know what you’d like to happen to your assets. You can include other information in your will by creating an estate plan that provides specific directions for health, financial or property situations.
  7. 7.  A trust  An advance health care directive  Your wishes for your children  Who will carry out your wishes: power of attorney, guardians or executors  Durable power of attorney for property and/or financial management Your estate plan can be as simple as a will. Or it can include:
  8. 8. Taxes. A will can allow you to minimize your estate taxes. This is because the value of what you give away reduces the value of your estate for tax purposes.
  9. 9. Disinherit. There may be family members who you do not wish to include in your will. Without a will, your estate could be left in the wrong hands. This may be an ex-spouse or close family member.
  10. 10. Source: Findlaw. © 2017 The Brooke Law Group All Rights Reserved. Design and editorial services by FindLaw, part of Thomson Reuters. You can always change your mind. Wills are only permanent until you change your mind. If your life situation changes you can change your will to reflect that change.

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