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What are the top steps for writing a will?

The most difficult part of writing a will is understanding the process. Once you know what you are up against, what you should be doing, and how to avoid mistakes, everything will come together.

If you have put this off in the past, it's time to change your approach in the future. This begins with understanding the top steps for writing a will. These include the following:

-- Decide which property to include in your will. You don't have to include all your assets, so take this into consideration.

-- Choose your beneficiary. You can choose one beneficiary or multiple beneficiaries. The choice is yours.

-- Choose an executor. This is the person responsible for carrying out the wishes of your will once you pass on. He or she should be up to the task, responsible, trustworthy, and honest.

-- Choose a guardian for minor children. If you have children under the age of 18, you want to make sure they will be cared for in the event that both parents are no longer able to raise them. This is why naming a guardian is so important.

When you follow these basic steps, you will feel better about your ability to create a will. The peace of mind that this gives is second to none.

Since everyone is in a different position, you may not follow the same steps as the next person. Even so, when you stick with the basics, you will always be on the right track. Once your will is created, you can feel good about the future.

Source: U.S. News & World Report, "10 Steps to Writing a Will," accessed April 04, 2016

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