10 Things You Shouldn’t Forget to Add in Your Will

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Death is scientifically inevitable, so creating a will is a proactive way to ensure your wishes are honored after you pass away. Without a good will, the distribution of your assets and the custody of your loved ones can become complicated and contested. A well-crafted will not only iterate your intentions but also provide your family clarity and peace of mind. By including these 10 essential elements, you can prevent potential disputes and guarantee that your personal and financial issues are taken care of according to your desires.  

Executor of the Will


Choosing an executor guarantees your wishes are carried out. This individual will handle the administrative tasks of your estate, such as paying debts and distributing assets. Trust is paramount when selecting this person, as they will manage significant responsibilities. It is advisable to discuss this role with them beforehand and have them agree to take on these duties willingly.

Beneficiary Identifiers

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Identify your beneficiaries for clarity in asset distribution. To avoid discrepancies and contests, name each recipient in full, including as many means of identification as you can through their relationships to you or any other verifiable identifier that is unique to them. This step ensures your possessions go precisely where you intend.

Non-monetary Assets

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While percentages and amounts might work for monetary value, you should be specific about what heirlooms go to what family members. Providing detailed instructions for asset distribution prevents misunderstandings. Items like valuable jewelry, houses, and appliances should be named whole and not shared by monetary value.

Guardianship for Minors

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Besides the executor of your will, you should appoint guardians for your minor children to ensure their well-being. These individuals will be responsible for raising your children in your absence. Making this decision now provides peace of mind that your children will be cared for by trusted people. Just like the executor of your will, It’s essential to have a conversation with the chosen guardians to confirm their willingness. 

Funeral Arrangements


A will should not only be centered around sharing everything you have worked for. Indulge yourself also. Specify your funeral and burial preferences to include how you’d like to be put to rest. Include any religious or cultural rites you wish to be observed, such as songs at your service or if you want to be buried, cremated or cryogenically frozen.



Trusts, like two-factor authentication for guardianship, are particularly useful for managing the needs of minor children or special-needs dependents. Clearly outline the terms and appoint a reliable trustee to manage the trust.  These arrangements can offer tax benefits and controlled distribution of your assets. 

Debts and Expenses

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Proper planning can ease the financial burden on your loved ones. Outlining how your debts and final expenses should be paid keeps your estate in good order. You should specify which assets to use for paying off mortgages, loans, and credit card balances. This clarity helps avoid financial strain on your beneficiaries. 

Digital Assets


These days, it is a digital world. To protect your online presence and intellectual property, it would be proactive to give clear instructions for handling or closing your digital accounts. Doing this helps maintain a smooth transition for your heirs and prevents unauthorized access to your digital footprint.

Personal Statements


Your last will and testament is your final chance to talk to your family in the way only you can. Include inside jokes, emotions, words of wisdom, reprimands, and anything else that makes it uniquely you. The reading of your will shouldn’t just be a free-for-all auction; it should be a chance to feel your presence one last time. It can be a lasting memory for those left behind.

Contingency Plans


There should always be a Plan B. Contingency plans ensure your will remains effective in unforeseen circumstances. You can name alternate beneficiaries, executors, or guardians just in case your primary choices are unable to fulfill their roles. Having backups in place provides additional security for your plans. Your estate will be managed smoothly, regardless of unexpected changes.

Written by Johann H