Who gets your kids? Who gets your stuff? What do you need to make it official? The answers to these questions and more are on the other end of this click.
You can’t just write “I leave all my stuff to my cat” on a piece of paper and expect it to be official. You need at least three humans to make it official: Two people to sign it as witnesses; someone to notarize it, which you can get done at a bank, post office or government office.
If your estate isn’t complicated--example: if you want to split all your belongings and money evenly people heirs--use an online service. If you’ve got a complicated web of finances, business interests and trusts, get an attorney.
If something happens to you and you don’t pick a person to care for your kids then the courts will be doing it for you. Not cool if your closest relative is a snake handler, alligator wrestler, or a Kardashian.
Apart from naming the people, institutions, and/or pets who get your stuff (Beneficiaries), you have to pick an Executor to make sure the Will gets done. The more uptight about details the better. (Just don’t tell the person you choose we said that.)
Make sure it’s in a secure place but still accessible. This means a locked drawer, home safe, or safe deposit box. If you use an attorney they’ll most likely keep an official copy on file. If something happens to you make sure your loved ones know where to look. Might we suggest putting it in an Everplan? (Hint, hint!)