All these decisions have to be made in the living years.
As famously sang, it’s too late when we die to admit we don’t see eye to eye. Well, it’s also too late when we die, or even when we become incapacitated, to write our will.
Oftentimes procrastination leads to a permanent lost chance. Sure, people who get diagnosed with a terminal medical condition have the warning and the time to complete a will and get their affairs in order. But, things unfortunately often do occur very suddenly. If you think about your life experiences, this probably accounts for most deaths you know of for people under the age of 80. You probably have heard and said “it was so sudden” or “you’re never really expecting it” a whole lot more than “we saw that coming” or “this really wasn’t a surprise.” For everyone below the age of 45, the leading cause of death is by accident (often a car accident). For those 65 and older, heart disease is the leading cause, which includes heart attacks and strokes.
The point here is that if you wait to do your will until the time when you really need it, you are probably too late. You need to have a will in place before the sudden accident or heart attack occurs. So when is the best time to complete a will? If you live in Louisiana and if you are married and/or have children, you should consider doing a will right now no matter what your age. If your situation or your preference change down the line, you can always replace your will with a new one.
Our firm can provide you with a worksheet to help guide you through the major choices and provide an initial consultation for free. Completing the worksheet is relatively simple, but there may be some areas requiring thought, discussion and deliberations, such as who you would want to be the guardian of your minor children. The will worksheet is designed to assist you in thinking through some of those issues, but you only complete as much as you feel comfortable doing on your own – our attorneys will discuss every topic at length during the initial consult. We take care of all the details – you just need to know what you generally want in your will.
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