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Getting around to it: Make time to make a will

I love an invitation to come and speak to a PEPS Group. It is hard to beat an audience of babes who proudly try to sit up on their own and who wait for you to make eye contact with them so they can give you a big, drooling, three-toothed smile. Sitting in a room with 10 four-month-olds and their parents doesn’t seem on its face like the best place to talk about life and death matters, but it turns out that a PEPS meeting is a great starting point in a conversation about why you should put a will in place.

You know how these meetings are, babies need attention in different ways and different times, and there is not ever more than 4 minutes in any group where everyone (or sometimes anyone) is settled, but in those fleeting moments the adults ask great questions that end up helping the whole group get a better grasp on what they should be thinking about when it comes to making a will. Turning their attention to making a will isn’t that far of a stretch after sharing highs and lows of the week, because the focus is the same: taking care of their families.

New York Times recently published an article, Why You Should Get Around to Drawing up a Will, which reported that surveys show only 36% of adults have a will in place, and that one in five millennials (ages 18-36) have a will in place. The most common reason given for not having a will was that the person just had not gotten around to it. I suspect that the act of starting the conversation about why you should get around to it, gets someone a long ways towards the end point of actually doing it. One of the countless benefits of a PEPS Group is that it creates a space to have important conversations and to learn from each other, and share experiences and expertise.

So, the takeaway - regardless of your generation, you should have a will in place. Because if you have a minor child, your will is the place you name a guardian for them if you were to pass away? That is reason enough to get around to it.

Citation: Carrns, A. (2017, February 8). Why You Should Get Around to Drawing Up a Will. New York Times. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/08/business/how-to-make-a-will.html?_r=2


About the Author

Megan GebhardtMegan lives in Seattle with her husband and two sons, ages 6 and 4. She is the Owner of Gebhardt Law Office, and focuses her practice exclusively on estate planning. She serves as a volunteer speaker for PEPS groups and on the Board of the Washington First Responder Will Clinic. She is an enthusiastic supporter of PEPS and always recommends it as the first thing to sign up for when she finds out someone is expecting. Her family is still close with their PEPS group and hopes to remain so for the years to come.

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