As we get older, we inevitably start to think about death and dying, unfortunately. We know it happens to all of us – we can’t escape it. However, the best thing we can do is enjoy our life now, while also preparing for that stage. When one thinks of death, funerals and wakes usually come to mind, as they should, they are customary. What doesn’t necessarily come to mind (earlier enough) is preparing a will. The thought of drafting up a will may pop in our heads, but it can be easy to put off, especially if we aren’t “old” or sick yet.
As you get older, have a family, have property, etc., it makes a lot more sense to start thinking about what you want your will to be. You don’t want to leave your loved ones confused and potentially fighting after your death.
When to Put Together Your Will, and What to Put in It
Here are some life events that occur that make it a good time to start writing up a will:
- If your marital status has changed, you will want to stat a will or change an old one. You may want new or different beneficiaries or change who your assets go to. You may even need to remove people.
- If you have a child(ren), you should want to make a will, especially if something life altering and unexpected occurs. You want to make sure your child(ren) is taken care of and is getting their portion. One of your children can also be the guardian of your will, which you will state in the will.
- If you own a business, home, or other property, you will want to write this in a will, so you can say who will inherit this once you pass.
What should be included in the will?
- In the will, you need to name the executor. The executor is the person you are trusting to be a representative of your will. He/she carries out everything in the will and make sure everything is followed correctly.
- In the will, you name guardianship of your children (if under 18). You can also include a guardianship in your will for your pets. You need to name a specific person and leave money for caretaking expenses.
- In the will, you can put money towards your funeral and cemetery expenses. Include the bank account you want the expenses removed from. If you pre-plan your funeral, you will have all the details and prices in place, so your family will stress less later.
- In the will, you can name a beneficiary for property (cash, land, real estate). You can name a single person or multiple people. You need to spell everything out clearly so there is no confusion.
- In the will, you can name a beneficiary for assets and include what those assets are. Write down if you want to give the asset directly or want it sold and the proceeds given to the beneficiary.
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We hope the tips above are helpful with what to include in a will. It’s never too early to start drafting one up. Also, take note that it is likely your will can change as you age depending on many factors in your life.
If you’re planning your will or funeral expenses (or helping a loved one do so), we’d be happy to go over costs and details with you. As a Jacksonville, Florida, funeral home, we know every family has different needs, and we have the expertise and skills to meet your needs. Even if your years away from an actual funeral, we will help you put a plan in place.
We have served the Jacksonville community since 1880 and would be more than honored to help you and your family with this transition at Evergreen Cemetery, Funeral Home & Crematory.
If you’re looking for funeral home Jacksonville, Fl, our team at Evergreen can help you with the process. We look forward to talking with you about funeral, cremation, and cemetery options. Call us at 904-353-3649 for more information, or visit our funeral home Jacksonville, FL contact page.