Unfortunately, too many people put off even having a will made. Then once they do, they put it away and don’t think about it again. But if your will is not up-to-date, it can be almost as bad as not having a will at all. You know that if something happened to you, it would be devastating for your loved ones. The last thing they need to think about is how your assets should be divided or having to go through probate. Our estate planning attorneys in Lake Ozarks can help if you do not have a will or have not had it updated. You don’t have to put it off. Because Gibbons Law Firm knows how important it is to have a proper and accurate will, we wanted to talk about a few life circumstances that might trigger your need to update your will. If you want to be prepared and know when to recognize it’s time to update your will, just keep reading this blog.
If you already have a will in place when you get married, you may have other relatives listed as beneficiaries. Once you get married, you may want to make some changes.
Having a Child
It’s so easy to forget, with all the things you have to think about when you have a newborn. But it is important to make sure that your will reflects your current life situation and includes (all) your kid(s).
Kids turning 18
When your child has his/her 18th birthday, their legal status changes in some ways. That means it is time to sit down with your attorney and make the relevant updates to reflect your child’s new status as an adult.
When you have grandkids, you may want to include them in your will and make sure they get certain assets of yours. Our estate planning attorneys in mid-Missouri can help you make sure they are included and your wishes are known.
If you have become very involved or dedicated to a charity or cause since you updated your will last, you may want to include them in your estate plan. Many wonderful charities are able to survive and continue doing good work because of donations they receive from estates. If you have a cause you care deeply about, we can help you include them in your will.
This is a life event where thinking about your will is the last thing on your mind. Usually, people appoint someone they are very close to you as a beneficiary, so the passing of that person may be very devastating. You can trust Gibbons Law Firm to help you with that update with compassion and consideration for what you are going through.
Let Us Help You Get Your Will Up-to-Date!
These are just a few examples of situations in life that should remind you to talk to your attorney and review your estate plan. Life changes and your will should too. That’s why Gibbons Law Firm is here. Whenever you have questions about estate planning or updating your will at Lake of the Ozarks, feel free to give us a call! We know how important it is, and we are proud of you for taking that step to look out for those you care about. If you would like to hear more tips and information from our law firm in Lake Ozark, be sure to follow us on social media!
Remember, your initial consultation with Gibbons Law Firm is always free.