Educate yourself about basic estate planning and consider your situation. Is it simple or complex? If your situation is simple and straightforward, it’s possible that an online will service will be useful. The GYST site has reviews of the top three. However, if you have any doubts, consult an estate attorney.
Record contact information of key people in your life (spouse, family, close friends, people listed in your will, health care proxies, etc.), the location of important documents, banking and financial accounts, medical and health records, and information about your online accounts. The GYST site has a free Excel spreadsheet you can download to record all of this information in one place.
Below are a couple of links to explore if you need to provide for your pet(s) after your death. In addition to this, be sure to have a plan in place for what happens with your pets should something happen to you unexpectedly. For instance, make sure that any neighbors who might end up relieving your pets know who to contact to come and take your pets.
- Disposition of Creative Work
- What Happens to Your Artwork When You Die?
- Neil Gaiman on why creative people should have wills
- GYST.com — “GYST is an online service to help get your shit together one step at a time, starting with your will, living will/advance directive and life insurance. Find reviews of online will making services, hassle free life insurance quotes and free and affordable answers to legal questions. GYST makes it easy with checklists, guides and weekly nudges to keep you on track.”