Do I still need a will if I am single?
Minneapolis, MN estate planning attorney Cameron R. Kelly talks about whether or not one should still get a will even if they’re single.
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Yes, yes, I would say not everyone needs a will but it’s just as important for a single person to have a will as it is for a married person to have a will. In fact, in a lot of cases it’s even more important to have that. You think about estate planning and the disability side of estate planning you want to know that someone’s going to be there to take care of you if you become disables. And so appointing those people on your healthcare directive or in your power of attorney is an important part of making sure that if something happens to you that you’re going to be taken care of.
And then the will gives directions on who should get my property when I pass away, who should administer my estate and those things a single person needs to designate those just as much as a married person needs to designate who’s going to take care of my estate. And a lot of times those questions are harder when you’re single than they are when you’re married. When you’re married, you name a spouse. When you’re single it becomes a difficult question and I tell people it’s always better that you get to choose who that person is going to be than a court makes that decision for you or more than one really well intentioned person thinks that they’re the best person to handle it when the situation does arise.