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Neal Wooldridge

a word from Neal Wooldridge
Vice President for Planned Giving

Your Will is Vital

If you died without a will, how would it affect those you care about -- spouse, children and others who may depend upon you for wise planning? If you died with an outdated will (one that no longer expresses your desires), how would this affect those within your family?

Dying without a will means that the laws of your state will determine how your property is distributed, even though you may not be pleased with the outcome. An outdated will, likewise, could cause the wrong persons to receive your property.

The assets you own when you die comprise your estate. Your will is the primary instrument to determine how these resources will be disbursed after your death. Your will offers you a way to care for the people you care about now, even after you're gone. Your will should include provisions to save taxes and conserve your property for those you intend to benefit. If you have minor children, you should also indicate who you want to serve as their guardian.

Your will is a means to direct the state in which you reside to recognize your wishes. After all, how can the state know your wishes unless you make these known in a properly prepared legal document?

The wonderful thing about your will is the freedom it gives you to enjoy your family now, knowing that you have provided for their long-term security. You have both the right and the opportunity to do so.

Have you been putting off obtaining a will? Do you have an outdated will? Now is a good time to take care of this. Give your attorney a call today and make an appointment.

If you would like help in locating a good attorney or if you desire further information about planned giving, call Neal Wooldridge, Vice President for Planned Giving at (405) 570-9836 or e-mail Neal Wooldridge.

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