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Without wills, people can cause serious problems for loved ones

It is never easy for a person to consider what will happen after he or she passes away. Drafting an estate plan requires the consideration of certain topics that are often difficult to think about, such as which beneficiaries and loved ones will receive what assets. Without wills and other important documents in place, it can cause significant complications for those left behind when a person passes away.

Drafting wills that give preference to one child over another

Estate planning can be an emotionally challenging and complex process. A Georgia reader who is drafting a plan will have to consider what will happen to his or her stuff after passing away, and that means designating beneficiaries to receive assets and money. Sometimes, this can be difficult for parents who need to draft wills that will give preference to one child over another.

Revising wills should be a priority following a second marriage

Family structure has changed significantly in Georgia in recent years. Second marriages are often the norm and the resulting blended families can be warm and loving but may end up squabbling when it comes to resolving disputes resulting from a loved one's passing. In order to avoid this unfortunate circumstance, a priority of the newly weds should be revising their wills and any other estate planning documents.

Some people have wills, but they may not have estate plans

There is significant benefit in planning for the future, even if a person does not have significant wealth or valuable assets. One of the most important aspects of taking this step is that it will provide security for loved ones and beneficiaries, but unfortunately, even people who do this may not have all of the protection they need. Many Georgia readers may have wills, but they may not have complete or up-to-date estate plans. 

Couples without kids still benefit from wills and other tools

A couple without children may not see the urgency or importance of estate planning, but in reality, this is important for everyone, regardless of whether there are kids. Through wills and other types of estate planning tools, it's possible to have a say over what happens to assets, property and savings. This is important for couples of all ages and income levels. 

Wills and estate planning for family pets

There are certain steps that Georgia reader can take to protect his or her family. Drafting wills and developing a thorough estate plan is a way that a person can be certain that he or she has a say over what happens to property and assets in the future. Typically, estate plans specifically address the distribution of assets, but a person can also make plans that will outline the care of family pets.

Why are people reluctant to write wills?

It's never easy to think about the future, especially when it comes to one's passing or incapacitation. Because of this difficulty and perhaps the assumption that estate planning is not necessary, Georgia readers may delay the process of writing their wills and other documents. In reality, not having a will can make things very difficult for loved ones and beneficiaries. 

Disputes and handwritten wills complicating singer's estate

Drafting an estate plan can be a complicated endeavor. It often involves considering difficult interpersonal relationships, dealing with personal property and deciding who should get what assets. The process of drafting a clear, thoughtful estate plan can be especially difficult for a celebrity. Georgia readers can see that the importance of a clear estate plan is illustrated by the estate of Aretha Franklin, where multiple handwritten wills and disputing beneficiaries have resulted in lengthy court procedures. 

An old president's example for drafting wills

George Washington was a great example in many areas, even in estate planning, and his influence is still relevant today. The first president provided an excellent example of the importance of a thorough will and being very specific when drafting an estate plan. Washington used his plan as a way to establish his legacy, maintain control over what happened to his estate and protect his family. Georgia readers can do the same with their wills and plans.

Wills and other estate planning steps for Georgia couples

A Georgia couple may think that they do not need to make any financial or legal plans because they are young, do not have kids or are not wealthy. In reality, estate planning, including wills, is a smart choice for couples of all income levels and ages. Lack of planning can lead to complications in the future, and it's never too early to have legal and financial protections in place.

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