Reader helps emphasize the importance of having a will
Reader comment: I am an estate attorney and had a case just like the one you described in a recent column where a person died without a will. In my situation, a man died unexpectedly of a heart attack, intestate. In other words, he had no will.
He left behind his girlfriend and their 23-year old son. All major assets, including the family home, were in his name. It could have been a disaster! I was able to convince his sole heir to deed the house to his mother after it passed to him, as well as many of the other assets. You gave good advice (as usual) to take care of this ASAP. I enjoy your column.
Our take: Thank you for reading our column and sharing the story of your client and his estate. This stuff happens all the time, and often there isn’t the kind of good (enough) ending that you describe.
We can’t stress enough the importance of understanding what you own, what you owe and deciding in advance what should happen to your property when you die. And, we understand it isn’t easy to talk about. Most of us find it incredibly difficult to think about our mortality, the people we’ll be leaving behind, and what to do with all of our worldly possessions.
Harder still, is talking to your loved ones about what you want done, and the hardest thing of all is to take action and put a plan into place. People just become paralyzed, so they decide it’s just easier not to do anything. And, soon, life’s distractions divert attention away from the important decisions that await you and nothing gets done.
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