Make-a-Will Month a Good Time for End-of-Life Conversations
Tuesday, August 23, 2022
August is National Make-a-Will Month, and experts believe it is a good time for Arizona families to have a conversation about end-of-life plans.
According to research, almost seven out of 10 people do not currently have a will or an estate plan. Experts warn without a will, you lose control of your estate, which could be tied up in the courts for weeks or even months.
Sam Young, senior director of legacy and planned giving for Compassion & Choices, said it is never too early to begin charting an end-of-life journey.
"It's really hard to have a conversation about their mortality or their death," Young acknowledged. "COVID has made us more aware of this. It's not just being terminally ill or old. Unfortunately, any of us can have a situation where we have to face that mortality."
Young contended even though it may be difficult, it is important to have a family conversation about mortality sooner rather than later. He pointed out it is a powerful way to protect loved ones, make important decisions about the future on your own terms, and support the causes you value.
Experts warn in the absence of a will, the probate process can be expensive and take several months before a decision is made, during which assets will be frozen. Many people think wills are just for the rich, but Young argued no matter what your "estate" includes, everyone needs a plan.
"Part of the problem is just what I call the psychological dynamics of doing this and planning," Young explained. "It's just getting started. Another myth out there is that this is complicated or hard or this is going to be expensive or that you need an attorney."
Attorney fees to produce a will and testament in Arizona can be $1,000 dollars or more, depending on the complexity of the estate, but there is a cost-saving alternative. Compassion & Choices partners with the nonprofit FreeWill.com. The site, at no cost, can help enumerate your assets and final wishes in about 20 minutes. Once the completed will is printed, signed and notarized, it becomes a legally binding document.
get more stories like this via email
The Iowa League of Women Voters plans to ask the Iowa Legislature to rethink the voting restrictions put in place prior to last month's midterm electi…
Agriculture groups and government agencies aren't slowing down in trying to convince farmers to use more sustainable practices such as cover crops…
Winter is here, leaving many older South Dakotans vulnerable to social isolation. But a growing body of research, as well as opportunities, shows …
By Jala Forest / Broadcast version by Nadia Ramlagan Reporting for the Kent State-Ohio News Connection Collaboration Nearly 40% of college students a…
The Biden administration has proposed a rule to limit methane flaring from oil and gas development on public lands. The rule would impose royalty …
The flu, COVID and RSV are rapidly spreading in Kentucky, and health experts say that's a problem for hospitals, schools and the state's vulnerable …
As its 125th anniversary nears, the Connecticut Audubon Society has released a report detailing the effectiveness of conservation efforts in the …
2022 was a banner year for women elected as governor. Nearly one-third of America's governors will be women next year, which is a record. Iowa …