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Are Your Wills Up-To-Date and Meeting Your Needs?

by | Jan 16, 2023 | Estate Planning

Have you looked at your wills lately? When was the last time they were updated? Do they currently meet your estate needs? When it comes to estate planning, it’s important to regularly review and update your wills to ensure that they accurately reflect your current wishes and needs.

How Often Should I Review My Will?

If you haven’t looked at your will in a while, now is a good time to do so. Wills should be reviewed at least every 5 years or immediately after major life changes. These life changes include, but are not limited to: new children, new grandchildren, marriage, divorce, and death. It’s crucial to keep your will updated to reflect these changes 

Take the time to review your will and consider whether it still reflects your current goals. Are your beneficiaries still the same? Has your financial situation changed? Are there any new assets or liabilities that you need to consider? Make sure that your beneficiaries are still the people you want them to be, that they are in the right proportions, and that all of your assets and liabilities are accounted for.

What Happens if I Don’t Have an Updated Will?

Having an updated will is an important part of estate planning to ensure that your wishes are respected after you pass away. Without an up-to-date will, your assets may not be distributed according to your wishes, and they could even be subject to unnecessary and burdensome probate court proceedings. Additionally, if you do not have a will in place, it can cause confusion and conflict among family members who are trying to divide up your estate. It is important to keep an updated will so that you can ensure that your final wishes are respected.

How Can I Update My Will?

When it comes to creating or updating a will, it’s important to seek the guidance of an attorney. An attorney can help you navigate the complex laws and regulations that govern wills and estates. While there are online resources and do-it-yourself kits available, an attorney can provide you with the expertise and personalized attention you need to ensure that your will is legally valid and accurately reflects your wishes. 

If you need to create or update a current will, contact Lisa Bradford today. Lisa has over 23 years of experience in estate planning, and she is well-versed in the latest laws and regulations that may impact your will. She can utilize her expertise to advise you on the best ways to distribute your assets to ensure that your loved ones are taken care of after you’re gone. To schedule an appointment, send an email to [email protected] or call 512-598-5802.