According to Roger Stahl, attorney and partner at Wendland, Utz, Stahl and Mintz Ltd. in Rochester, no particular age group or type of person is more likely than another to plan ahead.
"Everyone procrastinates on these matters.We all believe 'It's not going to happen to me.I have plenty of time.'"
Because all that we have in life we leave behind, Stahl
stressed the importance of a legally binding document for all ages and types of people.
said common goals for most people in making or updating a will is to pay fewer taxes on large estates or to address changes that affect heirs.These changes could include: sickness, marriage, increase or decrease in finances or a trip overseas when parents worry about leaving their children.He
also recommends stating specifically if a charitable contribution is your desire.
"I have seen families at their worst, grabbing for what's left and assets ending up in the hands of the deceased's least-favorite relative," Stahl
said."Put it in writing and avoid family conflict."
Clients working with Stahl
also will be asked about health-care directives."If folks are talking to an attorney about the will only, then only half the job is done.