Will Planning Q&A

CATEGORY: Philanthropy

​It’s not easy talking about wills. The thought of not being there for your loved ones weighs heavily. But delaying this discussion can do more harm than good. That’s why we’ve provided answers to common questions about wills below— to get you started writing yours.

Q . Why have a will?
A. A will provides for the people and causes you care about, such as Hospice of the Western Reserve. It’s the best way to ensure your wishes—such as who cares for your children or who receives a prized possession—are carried out after you’re gone.

Q . Aren't wills only for the wealthy?
A. We all need a will to control legal decisions and the distribution of assets after we’re gone, regardless of financial worth. And you may have more assets than you realize: Your home, life insurance and retirement plan assets all add up.

Q . Can I write my own will?
A. Avoid the do-it-yourself route and hire a qualified professional. It’s the best way to ensure your will is legally sound and satisfies your unique needs.

Q . What happens if I pass away without a will?
A. Your assets will be distributed according to the laws in the state where you lived at the time of your passing. Each state is different and has established guidelines on how property and other assets will be distributed. In the end, people and organizations dear to you may not receive what you had intended.

Your Will Power
A gift from your will is a powerful way to make a significant impact at Hospice of the Western Reserve. Contact Laura J. Frye at 216.255.9066 or lfrye@hospicewr.org to start the conversation.

We Can Help

Speak with the referral team by contacting us seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Any first visit and admission can be made the first day.

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