It may seem a little premature, morbid even to think of processing a will when you are, say under 50. When in my early twenties I always pictured elderly people writing wills – people who knew they would not have much longer to live. People who wanted to ensure their assets went to family members. Let’s be honest, in films (I know I know), people were always pictured on their deathbeds when writing wills.
Once we had children, my view on wills completely changed. I was aghast to read that we had to note in a will exactly who we would like to care for our children in case of sudden death. Surely they would be given to our next of kin I naively believed – how wrong I was! You see, in the event of death some parents would not consent for their children to be cared for or even in contact with family members for various reasons.
A will gives you the opportunity to have a clear say in who has guardianship rights over your child and who you will sign your assets over to. It allows you to set up trust funds/accounts for your children. Wills are affordable and can be easily amended at a cost if circumstances change.
We processed our will early this year after at least a year of discussing it and never taking it further. It is funny that we can allow every day issues to cloud over those things which are in a sense high priority. We first spoke to a friend who has years of knowledge under his belt and researched organisations on the Internet.
The information required in a will is rather extensive and me being me wanted to speed through the process. My husband reminded me there was no need to panic – that we had actually sat on this for a year. Once we have decided to move forward with a plan I tend to make them my projects.
Although many of us would rather not think about death, putting measures in place is both practical and essential. Burying your head in the sand will not bring results. Why complicate matters when you are in the position to do something today?
So whether you have children or not, do think about writing a will if you have not already done so.
How important is writing a will to you?
What influenced you to write a will?