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Why You Need a Will Before Travel

What happens when you’re gone?

You may not want to think about something happening to you while traveling, or any other time for that matter, but the truth is it is a reality. Will & estate planning is so important for many reasons. What happens to your children? Your money? Your home and personal belongings? What about your dog?

As much as it sucks to think about it, planning for death is important. Having a will can save your family and loved ones from added heartache, confusion, and tough decisions
If this is something that you haven’t done, or at least considered, I highly recommend reaching out to a local attorney to at least discuss the process.

I rest easy knowing that if something were to happen to us that these babes will be well taken care of without question of where they’ll end up. Below are a few reasons why having a will is so important.

Who Gets What | If you don’t have a will, your assets could be divided by your state. A will tells the state/courts who you want to go what. Your assets could include money, but also physical items (home, vehicles personal belongings, etc.)

Naming Guardians | Should something happen to you, who will take your children? Or what happens to your dogs/pets? Without a guardian named, it is up to the state.

Trust | ​Set up trusts for your children with your assets, especially if they are minors. This protects the monies from frivolous spending and/or from others. The funds would be protected until a set future date or age. A trust can help set your kids up for success. 

How do you want to be laid to rest?| ​A will can also address how you wish to be laid to rest. Do you want to be cremated or buried? Where do you want to be buried? Where do you want your ashes to be spread? You can list in as little or as much detail as you’d like about your final wishes in a will. 

Save your family the heartache of these decisions by writing out your final wishes ahead of time.

Disclaimer: This is not intended to serve as legal advice. Please consult your attorney.

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