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Safety, Products and Liability: A Legal Blog

Welcome to my blog. This blog is dedicated to helping anyone who is currently in the midst of a liability issue. A few years ago, my daughter contracted listeria due to poorly packaged food. She, thankfully, was okay, but we still took her case to court. I want all families who have been affected by liability issues to understand their rights, so I decided to start this blog. My beautiful daughter is now 17 and preparing to start uni next year. I have three younger children as well and an amazing husband. Thank you for reading my blog. Please share my posts if they help you!

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Safety, Products and Liability: A Legal Blog

Writing Your Will? 4 Issues You Need To Address

by Liesanne Martin

If you haven't written a will yet, now's the time to do that. You might think it's enough to give verbal instructions to your family, but that's not the case. In fact, you leave your family in a lot of turmoil if you don't have a will. Not sure what should you include in your will? Here are four issues you need to address in your will. 

Your Executor

If you're going to write a will, you need to decide on an executor. That's the person who will make sure that the contents of your will get carried out after you pass away. When choosing an executor, you want to make sure that it's someone you trust to carry out your wishes. If you have a complex will, you might want to assign co-executors. That way, they can work together to make sure your wishes get carried out. If you don't have someone in mind, you can choose an independent executor. This is someone who will get paid out of your estate to act as executor for your will. 

Your Children

If you're ready to write your will, don't forget about your children. You might think you only need to include instructions for your minor children. That's not the case, though. You also need to include instructions for your adult children. This is especially important if you want to include education funds in the will or if you want to provide cash payments for your adult children as well. If you're the parent of special needs children, you'll need to include instructions for their care. 

Your Charities

If you have charities that you contribute to, include them in your will. You might want to continue those donations after you pass away. If that's the case, you'll want to include those instructions in your will. Adding your charity information to your will ensures that donations continue. If you want to make a lump-sum cash donation after you pass, be sure to include those instructions in your will. 

Your Funeral

If you have specific requests for your funeral, now's the time to add those to your will. Many people forget to include funeral plans in their wills. Unfortunately, that leaves the family to come up with the plans. The best way to alleviate the stress for your family is to leave final instructions in your will. That way, your family knows what your final wishes were and how you wanted to have them carried out. 

Contact a lawyer to learn more about wills.