Creating a will doesn’t have to be a complicated matter. Individuals simply decide (1) who would be appointed to distribute their assets after their death (the executor/executrix), and (2) who will be receiving those assets (the beneficiary/beneficiaries). Your will does not need to specifically enumerate all of your assets, because in most instances, your assets change throughout your life.
For example, today you may have an account with Bank A, but you later switch to Bank B, or you might own one piece of real estate, and later on sell and purchase another, or buy additional real estate. What we recommend is that in addition to your will, you also have a separate list of specific assets. Such a list is called a codicil, which can be handwritten, but we always recommend dating that document. The codicil can be changed by you anytime, which will avoid unnecessary trips to the lawyer’s office.
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