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Will Making Details

In making your Will, it is best to start with any “specific bequests” you might have. These can be gifts of jewelry, furniture, cars, collections, stocks, money, etc. I need to know what you want to give to whom and what happens if that person predeceases you (dies before you). You may not have any such gifts, but if you do want someone to receive something specific, you should make these provisions in your will.

Once you have addressed any specific gifts, you then need to decide who receives the balance of your estate. If you are married or in a long-term relationship, it is likely that you want to leave your entire estate to your spouse or life partner. Beyond that, you may wish to divide your estate among several people. It is often best to use percentages because you will never know exactly how much you will have when you pass away. Remember to think about what you want to do if one of your beneficiaries dies before you.