National Estate Planning Awareness Week 2022 Is October 17 – 23

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National Estate Planning Awareness

National Estate Planning Awareness Week was adopted in 2008 to help the public understand what estate planning is and why it is such a vital component of financial wellness. By preparing an estate plan in October, you’re

  1. safeguarding your finances
  2. protecting your loved ones
  3. guiding your future health decisions
  4. providing for loved ones
  5. creating your legacy

According to the most recent statistics, only about only 33% of Americans have established estate plans. The 2022 Wills and Estate Planning Study by found that 56% of Americans think having a will is important, but only 1 in 3 Americans actually have an estate planning document. In addition, the study found that:

  • Americans who have had a serious case of COVID-19 are 66% more likely to have a will than those who have not.
  • Since the beginning of the pandemic, the number of 18-34 year-olds with estate planning documents has increased by 50%.

When a celebrity like Chadwick Boseman or Anne Heche dies without a will, it raises public awareness but doesn’t influence people to make a will to protect their loved ones. found that the main reasons people don’t have a will are:

  • They haven’t gotten around to it yet.
  • They don’t have enough assets.
  • They don’t know how to make a will or living trust.
  • It’s too expensive to set up an estate plan.

top reasons Americans don't have a will

Procrastination is the #1 Reason Most People Don’t Have A Will

40% of Americans say they don’t have a will because they haven’t gotten around to it yet. Don’t be like Chadwick, Anne, or the millions of others who have died without a will and left their families with unneeded stress, worried about money and unnecessary probate costs.

1. Creating An Estate Plan Is Easy – With Guidance
An experienced estate planning attorney can help you make an estate plan that protects you today – and protects your loved ones after you are gone.

2. Creating An Estate Plan Isn’t Expensive
When you create an estate plan, you are making an investment that could save thousands of dollars – or more – after you are gone. Without an estate plan, your family may have limited access to money while the estate is in probate. This means your estate may have to spend thousands of dollars on probate costs that you can avoid with careful estate planning.

3. You’re Never Too Young To Need An Estate Plan 
If you’re over 18 and you have “stuff” you need an estate plan. If you own a car, have a savings or crypto account, have a job, or have student loans – you need to let your loved ones know what you want to be done with your things. And if you become ill, who do you want to make your medical decisions and handle your finances?

Don’t Procrastinate. Get Guidance, Protection and Peace of Mind

Celebrate National Estate Planning Awareness Week by Contacting us today at the Estate & Probate Legal Group at 630-864-5835. Our experienced attorneys can advise you on the best options to protect your loved ones.

Areas we serve: Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake and Will counties.