It's amazing how blasé some people can become when it comes to the formation of an important legal document. They may understand that they need to go forward with this particular piece of paper, but want to get it over and done with as soon as possible so that they can continue with their lives. Sometimes, however, such a document will need to be updated when important events take place and if not, the document may be invalid to a degree. Did you know that this situation may well apply to your last will and testament? Why is this the wrong way to approach the creation of a will and what do you need to be doing instead?
Changes with Time
As you go through life, you will encounter a large number of significant events. All of these can have a bearing on your legal position, the status of your assets and your responsibility for others in your care. The first such event may be a marriage and the next could be the arrival of children. In both of these situations, your obligations have changed significantly and this should prompt you to make a will right away, if you haven't done so before.
It's unfortunate, but nobody can assume that they're going to live to a ripe old age and they should protect their dependents by creating a will as soon as possible. Assuming that you've done this at a relatively easy age, do you think that it is logical to just leave it "as is" until the event of your death?
Of course, other events are going to take place during your life and it's likely that you will accumulate additional assets. If you don't update your will whenever these situations arise, how is that document going to be relevant in the future?
Other Things to Remember
You may also have to consider other details, which could change as time goes on. For example, you may name an executor in the document who could pass away themselves, prompting you to choose somebody in their place. You may also find that details associated with your superannuation fund change, especially if you opt to self-manage this fund, as many people in this country are opting to do.
Taking Action Now
So, if it's been a long time since you created your will and you haven't updated the document since that time, have a word with an attorney to help you bring it up to date and protect all your dependents.