“Contemplating ones death is not a pleasant exercise, which is why so many people put off making a legal will until it is too late. If you do not have a will at the time of your death, the government will decide on the disposal and distribution of your property and assets – something that may be quite contrary to what you had planned but never got around to putting down on paper. And when your will is being read, you will not be around to offer any clarifications!
Whether you consult a lawyers or use any of the array of free resources available to write your own will, there are some thing that you must keep in mind to ensure that you are making a legal will. Why use the word “legal” with a will? That’s because a will is a legal document and like all legal papers, it has to be prepared very carefully to avoid misunderstandings and conflicts later on. That’s why making a legal will is more than just writing down who gets what after you have gone. Here are the basic “Ten Commandments” of making a legal will.