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A family tree is a neat idea also. My children are still young so I am sure I will have to revise as they become adults. Thanks!
Christin Sander says
I'd suggest you research the laws in your state if you wish to be cremated or have anything else non-traditional done with your remains. We had to collect notarized statements from relatives to cremate my dad despite his written wish to be cremated.
Me too regarding a living trust vs. a normal will. With a living trust normally there is what is called a pour-over will. I don't think I have enough assets for a living trust. Thank you Kylyssa for the info on cremation. I learned something valuable
Thanks Christin. Writing goodbye letters feels awful, but I guess it is better to put it all in writing than leave without a goodbye. Maybe I should add some other things in like pictures.
Thanks Kylyssa, it's so odd to me how things are so overly regulated with such matters. You'd think a living will should be ample. I'll definitely look into the law and curious to know how that follows if you move states too.
@ Tim, if you own a home and a car, you have enough assets for a living trust. If you have to go into a nursing home for any reason, a living trust will protect those assets for your spouse or heirs. There is a time limit for it to become effective.
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Kylyssa Shay says
I too have a Master File on my PC for making any transition easy for the executor of my estate. I have like you suggested all the accounts listed with passwords and links how to close them. Plus, a PDF copy of my will is there+easy to read inventory
Practical is good. I too have the practical things written out for my husband, but just began writing out the goodbyes. It's mildly depressing! lol but I guess something we have to think of as adults.
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Tim Mitchell says
Very cool! I want to be cremated and tossed in the river while my husband plays Free Bird with only the closest to me there. I wanted to make sure it was all step by step written out so my husband doesn't have to remember all that. Thanks for answer!
Tim, my aunt left a will, but outside of that she wrote names on the items and heirlooms she wanted individuals to have. The relative in charge of her estate pulled off the tags and kept the items for himself.
Sad MizBejabbers. I ran into a similar challenge with heirlooms with what a parent said contrast another parent later. Although not as your experience, it was still a sharp point between siblings with a few heirlooms.
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