Who needs a will?
Most of us put off writing a will because we don’t want to think about the end of life. But if you have children, are unmarried and in a long-term relationship, or own anything you care about – from a cat to a stock portfolio - you can benefit from creating a will.
Why a will?
A will lets you control what happens to your property and underage children if you die. Without one, the court decides and they may not decide in ways you would have wanted.
Learning about wills
Writing a will can be easy, but deciding what goes into it can be complicated and emotional. Bradford’s 40-page booklet, Planning a Will in Colorado, gives you the basics about evaluating your estate, naming beneficiaries, and providing for young children. Bradford’s book and CD, the Colorado Will and Estate Planner, explains the details of wills, living wills, probate, financial powers of attorney, and is an excellent organizer for all your important documents. The companion CD includes key legal forms.
Most of us hate to imagine becoming so ill that we can’t advocate for ourselves. But if you are severely injured, unconscious or terminally ill, a living will is your voice. A legally valid living will describes the type of life-saving measures you do – or don’t – want. If you use Bradford Publishing's Colorado-approved form, you gain a tool that speaks for you when you can no longer speak for yourself.
Learning more about living wills and advance directives
A living will form is just one tool available for helping guide medical decisions when you are very ill. Others include a medical power of attorney and a Do Not Resuscitate order. Whether you are writing so-called “advance directives” for yourself or a family member, Bradford’s helpful booklet, Planning Ahead: Living Wills and Other Advance Directives, tells you everything you need to know about how these forms work alone and together, helping you make your wishes known before you are disabled.