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Don't make creating your will more difficult than it has to be

When you decide that it is time to create a will, you have to think about what you want contained in the will. In your quest to get the will drawn up, there is a chance that you will make the process more difficult than what it has to be. Here are some points you should know that might make this process a bit easier.

First, you don't have to discuss your will with anyone if you don't want to. Your will isn't recorded until after you pass away, which means that you are free to change it as you desire without having to notify anyone who is an heir.

Second, you don't have to list each asset that you own individually. Instead, you can take as broad of an approach to this process as you want. You should remember that including an asset in the will doesn't take away your ability to do what you want with the asset. You can sell it or even give it away if you so desire. It is a good idea to take the asset out of your will if you no longer own it.

Third, you don't have to include only family members in your will. You can leave assets to charities or friends. Even if your family members think everything should go to them, the final decision about what to do with your stuff is up to you.

Fourth, you need a witness to the will. This is ideally someone who doesn't have an interest in the contents of the will, but this isn't a requirement. One of your heirs can witness the will if you don't have anyone else to handle that duty.

Source: Middlesex County, New Jersey, "Surrogate - Your Will," accessed Sep. 22, 2017

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