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3 main types of wills

On Behalf of | Aug 24, 2023 | Estate Planning |

A will is a vital document that dictates how to distribute a person’s possessions and property after their death. It gives instructions to loved ones and ensures they follow the person’s wishes. Though many people consider a will as a single, uniform document, different types of wills suit various needs and situations.

Understanding the different types of wills can help you choose the one that might best fit your specific circumstances. Each type serves a different purpose and has its own unique features and considerations.

Simple wills

A simple will is perhaps the most common type. It usually consists of basic information like who will inherit your assets and who will care for any minor children. Simple wills work best for individuals with relatively simple financial situations.

Testamentary trust wills

A testamentary trust will is more complex than a simple will. It includes a trust that comes into effect when you die. This type of will lets you put conditions on how you distribute your assets, providing control over your estate even after your death. It can be useful if you have young children or want to place stipulations on how beneficiaries use the assets.

Living wills

Unlike other types of wills, a living will does not deal with asset distribution after death. Instead, a living will states your preferences for medical treatment if you cannot communicate your wishes. It may include instructions for life-support measures, pain management and other healthcare decisions.

Creating a will is an essential step in planning for the future. The right type of will ensures that others respect your wishes and provides peace of mind for you and your loved ones. By considering your situation and the unique features of each type of will, you can take control of your future and craft a plan that reflects your desires and values.

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