A will is a legal document that spells out your wishes regarding care of your children, finances, business(s) as well as distribution of your assets after your death. Not having a will means that it’s practically impossible for us all to know what happens to our assets, estates, and personal property after we are gone. If we don’t make one we can end up leaving our children or other dependents financially struggling to get by. If that wasn’t bad enough, no one would have any clue where they would be living or what they would do with their lives. In addition to the obvious benefit of having a will, there are also other advantages. For example, if you die unexpectedly, the court can issue a living trust which can act as a gift controller. This is very useful as it gives your family the opportunity to choose what the money will be used for.

Types of will:

There are many types of wills. Each one has its own purpose and all have different ways of implementation. Because there are so many different types of will, it is important that you take the time to figure out which will apply to your situation. There are also different types of documents that will serve as the basis of your will. Learn everything you need to about your own will before you begin filling out the different types of papers.  In fact, the use of will is often misunderstood. Many people assume that a will is an abstract document drawn up by a legal expert of his or her own free will. However, in actuality, there are three types of will – Simple Will, Joint Will, and Testamentary Will.

Simple Will:

The Simple Will is very simple in its instructions. It simply states what should be done on the day that you die. In this example, the person simply says “I die.” This type of will is commonly used for minor family matters, such as the simple gift of a silver watch or some other trinket.

Joint Will:

The second type of will is the Joint Will. A joint will allow two or more people to execute a will on the same date. This type of will generally takes the form of a partnership. If you are married, your spouse can name someone to be the person who will execute your will (your mate-in-fact). If you are not married, then it could just be anyone you know who trusts you enough to name a trusted relative or friend to do it on your behalf.

Testamentary Will:

The last type of will is called a Testamentary Will. This will is considered to be the most common form of will. This will is created to address specific issues, such as the ownership of property or assets. In some cases, this type of will might also address debt and death. In other words, they will work very much as a living will, but it is not actually valid until it is executed.

The basic structure of a will:

These three types of will are quite different, yet they share a common core. The basic structure is that you name one person (the testator) to act as an administrator of your will. Then you name another person (the executor) to handle your affairs during your time of life. You then create a trust to hold this property and assets. There is also a probate agreement if you decide to name a person to collect money and debts from your loved ones during your death.

There are different situations where these three will can apply. For example, if you name a close friend as you will testator, then you can state that this friend must use his/her fund for your benefit before distributing your property and assets. If you are a testator who has died without a will, then your agent (your lawyer or financial advisor) can act as the one who will execute your will. Finally, if you have a simple will that does not name any agent, then anyone can exercise his/her rights to your estate.

How to write your will:

Writing your will takes time, energy, and determination. It is not an easy task and it can be frustrating to keep your cool when the last person you wanted to read it wanted to take away your power to do what you want to do. If you are looking for tips to write your will, there are many key points that you must first understand before you can proceed any further. Understanding these key points will put you on the road to success in writing a will. Once you understand these key points, you can then move on to finding ways to best represent your key points in the language of your will. You may be asked to make several financial projections in the will, and you must understand how and why each projection is important.

You can start by titling the document “Last Will and Testament”. It should include your full legal name and address. In the declaration paragraph, you should state that you are of legal age and a sound mind. You should also state that this is your last will and testament and it revokes all last made wills and codicils. You should also mention that you are not making this will under any stress. You should also designate an executor who will manage and distributes the assets of your estate. You should also state the name of the beneficiaries who stand to inherit your assets after you die.

Advantages of having a will:

Your will is one of the most important documents you will ever create for long term care of your loved ones. It will define the rest of your life and decide what happens to your assets and your property when you are no longer here to claim them. That being said, having a will created and filled out correctly can be a bit complicated. If you are in need of a qualified attorney, though, it can be extremely simple. Here is a look at some of the top reasons to have a will:

1.     Protect your interests:

A will can be filled out at any time. Even if you are not in a hurry to make this happen, it is still incredibly wise to think about it. The last thing you want to do is get hit with a death sentence or have your property taken away without any opportunity to fight it in court. With a will in place, your attorney will be able to help you protect your interests in the future.

2.     Estate planning:

Your will might be an effective tool for estate planning. This is because having a will in place could make your property more easily accessible to beneficiaries. As an example, if you have a will that names your sister as a beneficiary, but who lives in another state, there is a good chance that she won’t receive all of your assets when you die. If you include a line in your will that says your sister would receive x amount of dollars upon your death, you can set aside the money in a trust so that it goes to her. If you want your sister to be able to receive her inheritance, you should fill out and file a Special Needs Trust, which could become a way to make sure that your sister receives her inheritance.

When you have reasons to file a Will, you can also rest assured that your plan will be effective throughout your life. Unlike some forms of estate planning, a Will has the power to be changed at any time. If you make any modifications to the plan during the years that you are alive, they will be honored by law. Once you pass away, however, your Will can be revoked at any time. The best way to avoid revoked Wills is to take the time to make sure that you select a Will that reflects your values and lifestyle.

3.     Piece of mind:

It is important for people to take the time to think about why they create and complete a Will. The most obvious reason to have a will is to establish your own peace of mind. You should have a Will prepared when you are born so that your entire estate can be Handled by a Trustee appointed by you. If you are married, you should have a Will designed and prepared with your partner if you decide to remarry. A Will should also be created and maintained for your children as they grow up and seek careers and advice from you.

4.     Save time, money, and stress for your family:

In all states, you will have to go to court to begin the legal process overseeing the distribution of assets. But if you don’t have a will, this process can get very complicated. The court has to choose a personal representative to look after your estate. And this process can be time-consuming, expensive.

So this is the main reason to use a Will is to provide your beneficiaries with access to your belongings and personal effects in the event of your disability or death. Even though a person may have no money, they may still be able to obtain access to their belongings and other items through the power of a Will. In the case of disability, the most common issue that arises is where to store the person’s personal effects until they can begin earning a living and providing for themselves.

5.     Lower the potential for family disputes:

Many people have complicated family dynamics. So it is a good reason to have a will. When you will die without having a will, your family will have to guess at what your final wishes were. And they won’t always agree. This confusion can develop friction, and even fights, which sometimes lasts a lifetime. Making a will solves the problem by eliminating the guesswork. Similarly if you have some elderly living, you can provide them home care services by mentioning any adult day care center.

6.     Provide a home for your pets:

Owning a pet is a great responsibility. With the help of will, you can make sure that someone takes care of your pet after you die. In many states the law considers pets to be property, so you can’t make any assets to your pet with your will. But you can choose a caregiver for your pet. You can  also leave them to a trusted friend or family member.

7.     Support your favorite causes and leave a legacy:

Today many people want to leave a great impact on society after they pass. And one of the great ways to do this as a senior citizen is to support the charities or causes you care about most. You can save your legacy by leaving some part of your estate to a charitable organization.

Final words:

 While there are many reasons that people choose to write a will, there are also many ways in which to go about writing one. You may want to consider consulting with a lawyer who can give you some guidance about your specific situation and the procedures that you should follow in writing your will.

No matter what reasons you should write your will, you should be very careful to ensure that your intentions are made very clear. Even if you are writing to be passed down to a family member, you still need to make sure that everything is done according to what you would expect. It can take a lot of work and time to put your thoughts into writing, so make sure that you give yourself enough time to accomplish the task. As always, it is best to consult with an attorney before making any significant decisions regarding your estate. They can help you make sure that everything is properly done and that your wishes are carried out exactly as you had planned.