Life is unpredictable and terribly fragile. Some of us are lucky enough to live well into our elder years, but all too many people are robbed of the chance to live a full and complete life. When a life is suddenly and unexpectedly ended by any circumstance, it goes without saying that the emotional anguish placed upon that person's loved ones is severe. What may not be readily apparent is how that anguish can be exacerbated by questions regarding assets.
When a person is laid to rest, his or her estate must be settled, which generally means dividing up assets and distributing them to designated beneficiaries. This is usually done based on the wishes of the deceased individual in the form of a will. It is never a bad idea to have a will drafted, but it is important to remember that wills can and should be changed depending on the circumstances.
If you have recently married or drafted a will before you were married, it is a good idea to have a new will drafted that reflects how you wish for your assets to be divided when you are gone. There are many other significant circumstances that may require a change in your will, such as a new baby, a divorce or even simply having a change of heart regarding your heirs.
If you would like to have a will drafted or change the distribution of assets in your will, consider contacting an attorney at your earliest convenience. It is never too early to begin planning for how you wish your assets to be distributed.