Wills and Trusts

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Why write a will?

The planning and writing of a will represents a tremendous opportunity for you and your family, although we don’t often think of it that way. Most of us look at it as a legal obligation.

If we don’t take the opportunity to make a will, the court will decide who receives the fruits of a lifetime of labor, often ignoring our preferences. As good stewards of the gifts we have been given in life, we can ensure those gifts continue to make a difference for our families and the causes we consider important, regardless of how much or how little we have to give.

The choices you make in your will may include deciding who will serve as guardians of minor children, providing guidelines concerning how they will be raised, as well as determining the use of accumulated wealth and continuing to support the charities you help now. If you make wise choices, you can maximize the benefit to both family members and the charities you support.
Take the opportunity to make good choices for those you care about as soon as possible.

Some important things to consider:

Who are the people you love and who are the people who receive help from the organizations you currently support?

What do you want to accomplish in the lives of those you love and the people helped by the organizations you currently support?

Who do you know who can help you make wise choices about what happens when you’re gone?

If you have not yet made a will, don’t delay in consulting a qualified attorney or adviser. If you need some guidance in identifying an attorney or adviser for these purposes or if you would like additional information on how to include Light of Life in your estate plans, please call Doug Smith at 412-803-4161 or by email at dougsmith@lightoflife.org.

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