Three Great Reasons to Put “Draft a Will” on Your To-Do List

Parents Holding Hands with Kids in Front

Parents Holding Hands with Kids in Front

You probably have one of those “need to do eventually but not today” lists residing somewhere in your brain.

Eat more salad. Paint the bathroom. Jog 30 minutes a day. The possibilities of an “almost” New Year always seems to inspire those infamous resolutions and get us jump started on things we should have done a long time but just never found the time.

Before you get carried away with wrapping up last year’s list and pushing everything else off to 2015, why not pencil in “write or update a Will” at the top? Together I can STILL help you put those documents into place before next year.

Three great reasons:

Reason # 1: Your children

First and foremost, think about your kids. You’ve made a lifelong commitment to love and nurture them.  But, if you haven’t made provision for their Guardianship upon your death, then the Courts and the law will make that decision for you. Do you want the determination of your children’s care and training entrusted to the legal system? If not, then for no other reason, PLEASE CONSIDER writing a Will.

Reason # 2: Your assets

Second, you need to know that without a Will, your assets will be divided up without any input from you. The Probate Court will use a pre-determined legal formula to decide who gets what, how much they will receive and when. Don’t leave your money’s fate to chance. Take control of what happens with your estate by getting that Will and Trust drafted as soon as possible!   

Reason # 3: Estate Taxes and Unnecessary Probate Fees

Estate taxes may eat away a sizable portion of the money you leave behind without proper drafting!  Also, not to be ignored, is the goal of reducing Probate costs, which can only happen if you do some drafting while you are alive.


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Now you know some of the important reasons why you need a Will.

We are all so very busy.  That’s why my firm’s motto is “Estate Planning for the Busy Parent”.

Between business meetings, daily to-do(s), school functions, the kid’s after school activities, and the myriad of other events that make up our overly busy lives, we feel like we can wait until some unrealistic “convenient” time appears on our schedule.

Don’t let yourself make this mistake in 2014 or 2015.

Put “Will writing” at the top of that list. Trust me. Your Will is more than just a piece of paper. It is a valuable gift to your family.

About Michelle-Shari Kruss

Michelle-Shari Kruss J.D. (Krusslaw, a boutique Lake Oswego law firm), has more than 18 years of legal-experience. Michelle-Shari is a well-known estate planning attorney helping parents protect their most precious asset: their children. She is a past Juvenile Peer Court Judge, author, frequent guest lecturer, sits on a variety of non-profit boards and is the parent of two lovely children.

Michelle-Shari's objective is to develop lifelong relationships with her clients, not short-term engagements. It is her goal and the goal of her firm to make the estate planning process as easy, comfortable and enjoyable as possible. The most important qualities she brings to the creation of her client's documents–besides all the education, training, experience and knowledge—is being a good listener, explaining the myriad of concepts and terminology in simple and straightforward language and preparing personalized Wills that reflect each family's individual wishes and goals.

4 thoughts on “Three Great Reasons to Put “Draft a Will” on Your To-Do List

  1. Michelle did our wills about ten years ago, and I am so thankful to have checked it off OUR to-do list. Especially when my husband travels. It just give me peace of mind. Next year’s to-do list includes “Review my Will,” as things change.

  2. Michelle-Shari is a wonderfully patient, knowledgeable, and skilled attorney. She has helped us twice with our estate planning documents. I feel so much more relaxed knowing that my son will be taken care of should something happen to me or his dad.

  3. We took a Wills and Trusts class a few years ago and were blown away by how much we didn’t know. Michelle Shari is chock full of knowledge and shares it in a way that is easy to understand. She brought to our attention some unnerving family/medical situations that would be a huge deal if my husband and I were unable to be reached or worse part of a tragedy. We later had Michelle Shari write our wills for us. A weight has certainly be lifted. We now know that whatever happens to us our children will be well cared for by people who love them like we do.

  4. We took a Wills and Trusts Class with Michelle Shari a few years back. We were blown away about how much we didn’t know. Michelle Shari is chock full of knowledge and yet easy to understand. She helped us to see that we had a potentially unnerving family/medical situation and gave us information to fix it. We later had her write our wills for us. We both felt like a weight had been lifted from us. Finally we knew that in the event of a tragedy our children would be well cared for by folks who loved our children just like their own. We highly recommend her!

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