We have enough on our plates each day without the additional worry of what happens to our things when we die. Because of this, people often think it’s easier to just ignore estate planning. However, if you don’t have a will, your family members could end up facing unnecessary consequences. If you think it might be easier to take a chance and not have a will, here are some of the hassles you’ll leave behind for your family to deal with alone.
The State Decides Who Gets Your Property
If you die without a will, the state will determine who gets your property and possessions. This could mean someone you didn’t plan on leaving your estate to ends up inheriting all of your property. In fact, your favorite charities, friends, and even a partner, could be left out completely.
Court Will Appoint a Guardian
If you have children but don’t leave a will, the court will appoint a guardian for your children – to take care of them and manage their inheritance. Although this means the judge will make a decision based on the best interests of the children, it doesn’t mean the person you would have chosen will be the appointed guardian. To ensure your children are taken care of by the people your choosing, you need a will.
If You Are Unmarried Your Partner Will Not Inherit
Even if you and your partner have lived together for years, if you die without a will, he or she will not be able to inherit any part of your estate. This is especially difficult for couples who have lived together as partners and have shared every part of their lives together, but were not actually married. A will can ensure that your partner is included when it’s time to distribute your possessions.
Will Cost Your Family Time and Money
Attempting to close an estate without a will can be difficult as there is nothing to guide the people who are making the distributions. Because of this, the family members end up spending a great deal of money in a lengthy process just attempting to distribute your assets and take care of any property you have left behind. A will can designate an executor who can follow your wishes exactly as you have set them, and make the process less costly and far less complicated.
Contact the Attorneys of Beller & Bustamante, P.L., Today
It might seem like the easier option to just ignore estate planning. However, as you can see, it isn’t the easiest option for the people who are left behind to manage your estate. Getting a will isn’t as difficult as you might think and, in the end, is just a better and safer option for your loved ones.
The attorneys at Beller & Bustamante, P.L., have the knowledge and experience you need to create a will that protects your loved ones. To schedule a consultation, call us today at 904-288-4414 or use our online contact form to set up an appointment.