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Estate Planning Procrastination: Why We Put Off Making a Will

Why We Put Off Making A Will

Thinking about your estate plan can be daunting, and thinking about making your Last Will and Testament can be even worse. As a member of the human race, I get it. The thought of your own mortality is not the most pleasant idea to sit with and ponder. But as an attorney, I’ve learned that once a client gets past the initial hesitation, making a Will can bring a great sense of relief. With a Will, you can plan for yourself and plan for your family’s future. A Will can help you save money by avoiding unnecessary taxes. It can help make the probate experience more efficient and cost-effective for your loved ones. You can choose a guardian for your children. You can name your own executor. The benefits to having a Will are endless. So, with all of these advantages, why do we procrastinate when it comes to making a Will? Let’s explore some of the most common reasons.

I Don’t Have Enough Time. A Will is one of the most important and personal documents that you will own. Since you are unique, an attorney will have to put quality time and care into making a Will that works just for you. Although a Will is a highly personalized document, that doesn’t mean that it has to take a long time to construct. I’ve worked with clients who had exotic travel plans or a major surgery coming up, and having their Will executed before these important events was a priority for them. I was able to create their documents on an expedited schedule to meet their time constraints without any problem. Even if you don’t have any major life events in the near future, Ahmad Law Offices will always work at your preferred pace to create and execute your estate planning documents.

It’s Too Expensive. Contrary to popular belief, estate planning and making a will does not have to be expensive! Ahmad Law offers flat fees on our estate planning documents so you will know exactly how much you will owe before we even get started. If you have a question about pricing, don’t be afraid to contact us. We will give you all of the information you need to start your estate planning journey.

I’m Not Old Enough. Estate planning is not just for the elderly. In fact, the earlier you have an estate plan in place, the better. By making a Will, you can set a strong financial foundation for yourself and your future. Also, your Will is never set in stone while you are alive. You can always revise it by adding to, deleting, and modifying its contents.

I Don’t Have a Lot of Assets. Estate planning is not just for the wealthy, either. Having a will can save your family time and money after you pass. As mentioned before, a Will is a flexible document that can be modified as your assets grow. In addition, your Will doesn’t only deal with your assets and finances. With a Will, you can name a guardian for your minor children, choose your own executor, and name your own trustee. Without a Will, it is likely that the state will choose these people for you.

I Don’t Know Where to Start. The best place to start is by finding an attorney that you like and trust. There are many wonderful estate planning attorneys that will help you create your Last Will and Testament. Don’t be afraid to interview several attorneys before choosing the right one. Many law firms, including Ahmad Law Offices, offer free initial consultations – take advantage of that! The attorneys at Ahmad Law try to make the estate planning process easy and simple. We will guide you through the entire process, answer every question that you have, and will work until your Will is just the way you want it.

Making your Will does not have to be a stressful, time-consuming, and expensive event. In fact, our Client Testimonials will tell you just the opposite. Like my yoga instructor always says, “Breathe in and out … on your own time … and at your own pace.” That’s the theory we try to follow when working with our clients: let’s start when you feel comfortable, we will work with your schedule, and we will create at your pace.


This article was created for informational and educational purposes only. It is not legal advice. Please read our full disclaimer here.


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