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What’s your reason to make a will?

When is it appropriate to create or revise a will:

  • The birth of a child
  • A death in the family
  • A change in family financial circumstances
  • Marriage or divorce
  • Purchase of major assets, such as real estate or property
  • Becoming an owner of a business – or selling a business
  • Before major surgery
  • Embarking on travel

What to consider when creating a will:

  • Choose an executor who will carry out your final wishes. Make sure they know the location of your will and where you keep other important documents.
  • Arrange for your assets to be distributed to all your beneficiaries in a way that will maximize tax benefits.
  • Clearly outline what you want for your funeral arrangements.
  • Consider donating money to a charity or other organizations.
  • If you have pets, you may want to consider how they will be cared for.
  • Appoint someone to be the guardian of your minor children in case you die while they are still under the age of 18.
  • Decide how to divide your assets among those you love. If children are involved, include at what age you want them to receive money and who should be the trustee of the money until your children reach that age.
  • Think about a backup plan in case the people you list in your will die before you do.

Who to contact to make a will: