It’s pretty ridiculous that Shane and I have been married for 3+ years and have an almost 2-year-old…and we still don’t have wills.
We have no excuse.
One of Shane’s company benefits is a cheap legal plan. We pay $15.75/month and are required to pay for a full year if we want to opt into the plan, so that’s $189/year.
Wills are among the services covered under that plan.
We have an appointment with an attorney to make this for us and I plan to blog some more about the experience. So far, setting up the appointment has been easy! We’re off to a good start.
In the meantime, if you don’t have a will, get one! You don’t even need to hire an attorney. You can do it yourself online. Do some Googling to figure out a good option for yourself and to see what your state will require.
[Edited later — I now think it’s probably best to meet with an attorney to do this. A DIY will is probably better than nothing at all, but if you’re going to do it, I think it’s beneficial to have a legal expert customize it for you, for your situation, for your state.]
Mainly, I want to get our wills set up because hi, I have a son with another child on the way. In the event Shane and I meet our Maker at the same time while we still have minor children (I really hope it doesn’t go down that way, but who knows!), I want to pre-pick who will be raising my children.
I don’t want the courts to decide. I don’t want it to be awkward for family. I don’t want it to be a hassle for anyone.
In addition, I want our assets to be distributed as Shane and I see fit. I don’t want it to have to go to probate court to get sorted out — they might not do it how I would have wanted, PLUS there are extra fees and headaches involved with that. No thanks.
So…do you have a will? Why or why not?