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Monday, March 30, 2009

Article explains benefits of having a will and how to get one

Will2A recent widely distributed AP article contains some excellent advice on why it is a good idea to have will.

Here are some of the benefits mentioned in Candice Choi, Don't let death steal your wishes: Write a will and take control, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, March 29, 2009 at D2:

  • Without a will, a person's property disposition desires expressed in other ways are unlikely to be legally binding.
  • A person with a will can control "from the grave" how his or her property is used after death.
  • A will may reduce family arguments.

The article also discusses a variety of ways (some good, some not-so-good) to obtain a will:

  • Hiring an estate planning attorney.
  • Using an online service.
  • Doing-it-yourself.


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