Why Write a Will?

Why Write a Will?

The planning and writing of a will is both a family obligation and a personal privilege.

During our lives, different laws apply to us. When you were born, your birth was registered as required by law. As adults, we comply with legal requirements in purchasing a home, in paying taxes, in securing a passport and in many more of life’s activities.

When we die, our life’s passing is noted in securing a death certificate and in the probate process. In all of life’s activities, the law is there.

One of the most important legal opportunities each of us faces pertains to the future ownership of our possessions. Before we die, we can make a will that determines who will receive our estates.

In the event you do not have a will, the court or others will decide for you, often ignoring your preferences. Deciding not to write a will represents a lost opportunity to demonstrate your love to those you cherish.

Every person has the legal right to make a will. Details of your will include the naming of an executor, deciding who will serve as guardians of minor children, providing guidelines concerning how your children will be raised, determining the use of your accumulated assets, and expressing gratitude for all of life’s blessings by giving to the organizations of your choice. Life involves a string of choices, and the most important choices we make involve the use and disposition of what we have.

Your acts during your lifetime become a statement of your values. Your last act, your will, serves as a final testimony to what matters most to you. Planning and writing your will can be one of the most important things you will ever do.

For additional assistance, you may want to contact your attorney. Or, you may first want to talk with our planned giving representative, Michael Bush. He can provide basic information about wills and bequests, as well as relate various ways you can include ITEA in your plans. You can reach Michael by calling (864) 378-4934, or by email at bush.md@gmail.com. You can also contact him through our Web site at www.iteaonline.org.