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Don’t make these mistakes when creating a will

There is more to estate planning than meets the eye. If you assume that one decision is as good as the next, you may find yourself making a mistake that puts you and your family in a difficult position.

Fortunately, it's easier today than ever before to create a will. Not only is there information available online, but you can also consult with an attorney to ensure that you are on the right track.

With all this in mind, it's important to understand some of the most common mistakes people make when creating a will:

-- Putting this off. Do you continually put off this process? Do you continually tell yourself that there is time to create a will in the future? Procrastination is never a good idea when it comes to estate planning. You need to make important decisions now, not later.

-- No will at all. Believe it or not, many people think it's okay to go through life without any type of estate plan. You don't want to take this approach, as it could cause your loved ones all type of trouble upon your death.

-- Choosing the wrong executor. When creating a will, you need to choose an executor. This is the person who is responsible for carrying out the details of your will. Compare all your options before making a final decision.

-- Assuming a will is better for you than a trust. Just because you know more about a will doesn't mean that it's the right estate planning tool for you and your family. You should also consider the benefits of a trust, as this could be better suited for somebody in your position.

When it comes to estate planning and creating a will, you need to be 100 percent confident in every step you take. Any mistake, no matter how big or small, could impact you and/or your family now or in the future.

With the help of an estate planning attorney, you can review your situation and make decisions that work in your favor. In the end, the only thing that matters is that you have an estate plan that gives you and your family peace of mind. There is nothing more important than this.

Source: Nov. 30, -0001

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