What should my Will do for me?

The number one goal of estate planning is to help you achieve your objectives when it comes to protecting yourself and your family. Every now and then someone will ask me what the difference is between an attorney and a will preparation service. I think the answer is best explained with a couple of questions.

Many of you have children or grandchildren or you are close to someone who does. At some point in time, you/they probably have hired a babysitter to take care of the kids when you/they were going to be out. Would you have gone onto the internet, done a Google search, printed off a form called "Generic Babysitter Instructions," filled in their names, added the foods they need to the food section, printed it off, handed it to the babysitter and said "Here you go, this is how you take care of my kids...?" What if the instructions were created by a Harvard educated Doctor, who was also the world's foremost child psychologist and babysitter guru?

Of course the answer is obviously no regardless of who created the form, and you are probably thinking that the questions are a bit silly. I would agree with you 100%. I would also suggest to you that your Will is essentially a set of babysitting instructions to protect your loved ones when you are gone. So, why would you provide a generic set of instructions that doesn't necessarily address your concerns when it comes to protecting them?

The bottom line is that you don't have to settle for that. Your estate planning documents should be a set of instructions that ensure you give what you have to who you want, when you want, and the way you want. Your estate plan should protect your loved ones the way that you want them to be protected...not how someone determined some people might want to be protected. If this is important to you, or if you want to learn more about estate planning in Connecticut and the tools you can use to protect yourself and your loved ones, feel free to visit our website here.