Did you know that August is Make-A-Will Month? Yeah, we didn’t either… but it is a handy reminder that it’s always good to make a plan for your future. The emergence of the Coronavirus pandemic has taught us that life can be unpredictable and fragile.
According to Webster’s Dictionary, a will is “a legal declaration of a person’s wishes regarding the disposal of his or her property or estate after death.” It is used to distribute one’s assets after death and can appoint guardians for minor children. A will is important to have, as it allows you to communicate your wishes clearly and precisely.
CCSLS can help. If you meet our eligibility requirements, we can help you develop a will. Contact our offices at 925-609-7900. If you are not eligible for our services, consider consulting the Contra Costa Bar Association Lawyer Referral Program or call them direct at 925-825-5700.
Don’t forget that when considering how to divide your assets, you can give to both family members and philanthropic organizations. If there are causes that are near and dear to you, you can arrange through a Bequest in your will ways to leave a legacy to nonprofit organizations. Gifts to charity upon your death can be for a specific dollar amount, a particular item, or a percentage of the estate.
Making a will can be complex. You may want to read this article on other things to consider when making a will.