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Are wills really that important?

Washington State residents who are unsure as to whether they should have a will must be aware of the variety of issues that will come up and affect their loved ones and heirs should they not take the necessary steps for estate protection by crafting a will. Even those who do not have significant assets should have one. It is important to know the value of a will.

National Estate Planning Awareness Week recently observed

Most Kent area residents understand the value of estate planning. But for those who haven't taken the time to get their affairs in order, it is National Estate Planning Awareness Week, which is a nationwide campaign to educate people that estate planning is not only for the very wealthy.

What are some immediate estate planning tasks one can take?

Estate planning can help avoid litigation and other headaches for heirs in Washington. A well-drafted will helps prevent confusion and the expense and inconvenience of fights over probate or inheritance issues. Other documents should also be drafted for effective planning.

Estate planning for couples without children

Families have changed and more couples in Kent have decided not to have children. This presents new issues for estate planning because, among other things, these couples tend to have more education and higher incomes. Childless couples will save the estimated $233,000 cost of raising, without college tuition, a child who was born in 2015.

Wills of the digital age

There are many reasons why Washington residents may have put off executing a will. Facing one's death is not always easy, and making decisions on the distribution of property to specific heirs can also be difficult. In addition, in many jurisdictions drafting a will has not kept up with technology. In fact, a high number of American who do not have wills. According to a Princeton Survey Research Associates survey in January 2017, 58 percent of adults in this country do not have a will.

Reasons why people have not completed a will

Although many residents of Kent know the importance of having a will, many still have not created one. Only 58 percent of baby boomers have estate planning documents and the numbers get worse as people get younger. Sixty-four percent of those aged 37 to 52 do not have a will, and 78 percent of those 18 to 36 do not have a will.

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