Creating a will is never easy at any age, whether you are thinking about it for the first time at 25 or when you are almost at your deathbed. Some things are simple, like inheritance and what happens to your material possessions. Others are generally not thought about at all, even though most people would think it is a good idea to include them when they are reminded about them. Here are three things you should specify in your will so that your estate is settled the way you want.
It is easy to forget about grave stones, and it is even easier to purposely forget. No one wants to be reminded of their own mortality but your grave stone is such an important part of your legacy that you really should think about what you want it to say about you. Grave stones can come in all sorts of different materials, designs and sizes, and there are many options for extra adornments. Make it how you want to be remembered, with perhaps a quote that you always loved or a little bit about what you think of your life and those you are leaving behind. All of this can be done in one afternoon, and it does not require a lot of effort; it just takes a bit of courage to face these issues head on.
If you have been particularly hardworking and lucky in life, you may have more than enough to give to your relatives and might be considering what to do with the other portions you are left with. Many charities have lots of options for you to include them in your will, and all it takes is a simple bit of writing in your will and you could help dozens if not hundreds of worthy people. Giving to a charity is a great way of feeling (rightly) fulfilled as you enter the twilight of your life.
Pets And Animals
Many older Australians have a pet of some kind, whether that be a fish, dog, cat, bird or perhaps something more exotic like a snake. Whatever animal it is, it can be very simple to forget about them when drafting a will. If you live on your own or your partner is too disabled to look after the animals on their own, then you should consider making a small amount of money available for the animal's care or rehousing. If you know someone who would gladly take the animal for free, then simply state that instead, but remember to ask them first!