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This week my husband and I met with an attorney to update our wills. The last time we did this our children were minors and our assets were much less. While we knew that an update was overdue, it just seemed to get lost in the business of daily living. I finally had enough of my own procrastination, and so I made the call, set an appointment and met with the attorney.

In this new season of empty nesting, the process was much easier. Simply put, we just needed to put our wishes in writing and establish how our assets should be disbursed to our children. In fact, the actual meeting with the attorney took about 15 minutes. Upon leaving, I felt such relief that this very important task was going to be moved from the “to do” list to the “to done” list!!

While thinking about death and wills is not necessarily a delight, this is one of the most important and responsible things you can do for your spouse and your children. Robby and I have no living parents and we know first hand the benefit of having your affairs in order before death. The last thing you want is to have the Probate Courts making decisions regarding the property and assets of your loved one because they didn’t have a will. My hope is to encourage everyone “over 50” to make this a priority. Don’t put it off.

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