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Too Many Americans Have Not Written a Will

Via: ReleaseWire

Updated 10:28 AM CDT, Wed, June 19,2019

So, a lot of people do not create a will. So what? This may seem like it is not a big deal, but some of the biggest lawsuits in history have involved people fighting over estates where no will was made.

Griffin, GA -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/19/2019 -- You would be hard pressed to find a person who actually wants to discuss the subject of death. The fact is that we would all prefer to go through our lives pretending that it will either never happen, or just sort of sneak up on us, like a sneeze! Although no one can really blame themselves for not wanting to think about their eventual passing from this mortal coil, there is one thing that many never consider, but should: their will.

It can be a simple will, or full estate planning, but the facts are that most of us do not make a will. The reason why is varied. There are some people who genuinely never give it a thought, while others worry that making a will somehow acknowledges their own mortality. There are even old superstitions that creating a will is to invite death on oneself. Whatever the reason, over sixty percent of Americans choose not to create a will.

So, a lot of people do not create a will. So what? This may seem like it is not a big deal, but some of the biggest lawsuits in history have involved people fighting over estates where no will was made. When a person passes away and has not made any sort of estate planning, chaos usually ensues not long after. Granted, people may not start fighting over money at the funeral, but it will likely start soon afterwards.

When a person leaves their family, but does not leave a will behind, those same families can be torn apart. The law as to who gets what and how differs from state to state, and some laws are very outdated when it comes to civil partnerships, step-children, and even adopted children. That is why there are lawyers who specialize in the creation of wills and estate planning, like Donald Hawbaker.

Some people think that they have nothing of worth to leave someone, but those people may want to take a closer look at what they have and what they are employers have given them. For instance, a person might have been a coin collector when they were young, and still have that collection now. It might not have been worth much years ago, but could be worth thousands today. In addition to that, a number of employers have small life insurance policies for their employees, to ensure that their families can cover some minimum expenses after they die.

Lastly, remember that it is your family that has to pay for a funeral when you pass away, and that can cost tens of thousands of dollars today. If for no other reason then to make sure that your funeral's paid for, it is a good idea to have a will today, which is why Donald Hawbaker specializes in estate planning.

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