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8 Reasons Why You Need a Legal Will

Who needs a legal Will? Every adult of mental capacity over the age of 18 years!

But, I Don’t Have Any Assets

Many people say that they do not have any assets therefore they do not need a legal will.  This is not true.  You may have few assets, yet you still need someone to be your legal voice for you when you die.

The main objective of a will is to name a person to be your Estate Trustee, to act on your behalf and to close off your estate when you die.

If you were to witness the family dysfunction, additional costs and emotional and physical turmoil that people go through when there is not a Will in place, I think you would seriously reconsider your rational to not have a valid Will.

Is Drafting a Legal Will Expensive?

Drafting a will does not have to be expensive.  There are no–cost and low-cost ways to draft a valid will.

Having a valid will in place shows that you care for your family, friends, pets and favorite charities.

Having a Valid Will Allows For:

  1. You to decide who will look after your minor children
  2. You to decide who will look after your pets
  3. Deciding who gets your assets
  4. Faster and easier settlement of your Estate
  5. Transfer of your estate in a tax effective manner
  6. Lower administration cost of your Estate
  7. Less taxes paid to the Provincial and Federal Government
  8. You to leave a bequest to your favorite charity

In short, having a valid Will in place protects the people you care about.

If you are not sure how to start or what makes a Will valid, all you have to do is connect with me and let’s chat.

It truly is that easy.

Remember where there is a Will there is a way to leave a loving legacy – because Your Legacy Matters.

I would love to hear from you and help get the conversation started.  You can connect with me via email or telephone, leave a comment here on the site or click the contact tab at the bottom of the screen if you are reading this post on the website. Don’t forget to join in the conversation on Facebook and Twitter too.

Until next time,

Kat

Katherine Downey is the #1 Funeral Preplanning Professional in Canada for the fourth time. She is a professional educator, author, licensed funeral director and insurance advisor. Not only is she a Certified Professional Consultant on Ageing and an Executive Advisor, but she is compassionately understanding.  To set an appointment or have your questions answered, please contact Kat directly

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Spring Cleaning: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle with a Warm Hand

Wow, our lives sure can get busy and complicated.  We take care of our families – shuttling children to school, activities, getting the school forms signed, accumulating stuff, then chucking that “stuff” into a temporary storage space, while thinking “I’ll get to it later”. Maybe tomorrow, maybe on the weekend, maybe next week.  Then more time passes and before you know it there is more “stuff” accumulated everywhere.

As we get older, we may find that we use less and less of our everyday items.  We may have younger family members, children or grandchildren who may benefit from them.  Why not share some of your memories with family & friends and encourage them to make new ones?  This is a simple part of estate planning that can be done at any age, at any time.  The more organized your estate is, the less stress we leave our estate trustee in organizing it with the added stress of our passing. Read more

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Are You Leaving Your Estate in Chaos?

The best gift you can give your children during your lifetime is your unconditional love.  The second best gift is to organize your important papers.  I have worked with people who are suddenly thrust into the chaos of closing their parent’s estate with little or no knowledge of what they have.  When asked if there is a company pension benefit that continues for their mom, the deer in the headlights look comes over their face and they say “I don’t know”.  Similarly, when asked if their dad had personal life insurance or if the mortgage was insured, there is a uniformly vague answer, “I don’t know, Dad never talked about that kind of stuff”.

I don’t believe that people would knowingly leave things in such as mess.  I choose to believe that people would organize things better.  However life tends to side track us with other things that come up; things that seems more important or are more interesting to do. Besides, there is always tomorrow… or is there?

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Will You Die Intestate?

19762015_sMany of us do not like to consider our own mortality.  Yet, for people with courage and a sense of responsibility; they do draft a valid, up to date, properly witnessed will, reflecting their wishes for the distribution of their estate when they die. Unfortunately too many people die intestate, meaning they die without a will.  It is estimated that 50% of Canadians do not have a valid will.

Recently I was assisting two young men between 21 and 25 years of age.  Their mother died suddenly and unexpectedly and she did not have a will.  These young men are now thrown into the estate area with no idea of what their mother had, what she wanted done with the residue of her estate nor where her important papers were.  What a way to grow up fast!  I choose to believe that she did not knowingly intend to leave this mess for her sons to figure out on their own.

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