I don’t want to nag you… but you really need a will. If you don’t have one, the state has one for you. It’s called “probate,” and it’s a slow and painful process that ignores any wishes you may have had for whatever you left behind.
August is National “Make-A-Will” Month. I wasn’t going to mention it in my email because every month, week, and day is National Something. Then, I learned this week about an acquaintance of mine.
She has been fighting a horrific illness and was determined to beat it. She won’t. She is now in hospice care.
She and her husband grew apart but never formally divorced. She owns her small home, but he is also on the deed. She has an adult son who lives with her, but she also has custody of her three grandchildren because her other son and their mothers were not able to care for them. The children will be juveniles for years.
She has no plan, no health directives, no living will, no will, no power of attorney, no distribution list of personal belongings, and no custody plan for the children. It is a mess.
Yes, you need a will to distribute your assets, make sure your legacy is what you want it to be, and ensure the people and causes you care about are cared for. But, even without major assets, we each have a responsibility to ease the way for the people we leave behind.
One way to start is with this free Wills Planner, but however you do it, please make a will.
Please keep the kids and staff of Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch in your prayers.
In His love,
Joy Ryan, President/CEO
Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch
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