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Why Have a Will?

Where there is a willHere are the top three reasons why it's vital to have  (at least!!)  a will.

Intestacy. The negative effect of dying "intestate" or with no estate plan in place is significant. This can be avoided in as little as one meeting with an experienced estate planning attorney. You have the opportunity to make the impossibly hard decisions involved in estate planning for and on behalf of those you leave behind. Think of your will as your advance instructions on how to administer whatever you have left behind. These will be the very instructions to be followed by the person you designate as your personal representative.

Legacy. A will gives you an opportunity to fulfill your responsibilities, even after you have passed away. Your influence over your assets, on businesses and charitable goals, and in the lives of your family and friends, can be extended. In your will, you may designate a trustee to control assets you directed to be held in trust on behalf of those you leave behind.

Family. One of the most important reasons to create a will is for your minor children. In your will you designate those who will take care of your kids in the event both parents die. These folks must be noted as guardians in your will.

Estate planning can be confusing, and we generally prefer not to discuss death. However, when you engage this topic positively, the discussion can be life-giving. Regardless of our age, health, or the size of our financial estate, we are creating our legacy. Contact an estate planning attorney to make an appointment to ensure that you protect your family.

Call our office to schedule your complimentary consultation or register online for one of our educational seminars on topics of interest to you and your loved ones.  Visit us at www.zarembalaw.com to view our revamped website that makes planning a breeze!

Reference: CNBC (May 10, 2016) "Prince or pauper, young or old, here's why you still need a will"    

 

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The unprecedented coronavirus pandemic has taken our entire country by surprise. We understand how difficult this time is for America’s businesses and families.  However, we believe it is vitally important that we make every effort possible to continue to offer solutions that avoid disrupting our important partnership with you, your family and friends.  As you know, estate planning is not something that should wait for a more convenient time, therefore the opportunity to address your important goals both during and after this crisis should not wait.  To that end, we have added the option of a ‘virtual consultation’ to our office process.  You will now have a choice of either meeting with us in our office or in the comfort of your own home.