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Since 1982 Pets Lifeline has been a rescue for pets and a resource for the people of Sonoma Valley.

 

You can build your legacy with us by making a planned gift which will help generations to come.

We are here to help you with your bequest.  

August is Make-A-Will Month

3 reasons why YOU should make a will this Make-A-Will Month

 

 

August is National Make-A-Will Month. For many busy Americans, this yearly reminder is just the motivation they need to finally sit down and create their last will and testament. And once they do, many find the process isn’t as long or tedious as they anticipated.  Do you still need to make your will? Whether you’ve been too busy or simply don’t know how, here are three great reasons that will motivate you to write your will this August.

 

1. It’s an important legal document that everyone should have.

All adults should have a will — it’s a powerful document that lets you distribute your property and protect your loved ones after you pass away. One-third of all American adults have a will, and that number is growing every day. This is especially true during Make-A-Will Month — last August, more than 40,000 people made their will using FreeWill’s online software, and combined they left $604 million to charity!

More than 800,000 people have made their will on FreeWill. If you haven’t gotten around to writing or updating your will — for whatever reason — now is a great time to join the movement.

 

2. It provides peace of mind to you and your family.

Wills aren’t just for the rich and famous. They make life (and death) easier for everyone, regardless of socioeconomic status.

Consider your belongings. You may not think you own a lot, but you likely have more property than you realize: your home, vehicles, furniture, clothing, books, sentimental items, and more. If you don’t have a will, your loved ones will be tasked with finding a home for this property when you pass on. Creating a will prevents family conflict, eliminates confusion, and ensures your assets go to the people you most want to have them. It also gives your family guidance and reassurance that they can fulfill your wishes during what is likely a very difficult time for them.

With a will, you can also plan ahead for those who are in your care — for example, you can name a legal guardian for your minor children and choose who should care for your pets.

The logistical benefits of having a will are important. But above all else, having a will creates peace of mind for you and the people you love.

 

3. It lets you create a legacy that lasts beyond your lifetime.

None of us live forever. But there are ways to continue making a positive impact on this world long after you leave it. One of these ways is by donating to a charity in your will.

There are many different ways you can use your will to benefit a charity — you can give cash, stock, real estate property, and more. Leaving a gift for a nonprofit in your will costs you nothing during your lifetime, but will ensure that you can make a positive impact on causes close to your heart for years to come.

One in five will-makers on FreeWill leave a gift for a charity. Our tool makes it easy to select your favorite charities and causes with just a few clicks.

 

Already made your will?

That’s a fantastic first step. Now that you have a will, it’s important to keep it updated. Estate attorneys recommend reviewing your will every three to five years, or whenever you have a big life event (like getting married, moving states, or having a grandchild). 

This month, consider taking 15 minutes to look over your will and make sure it’s up to date with your current preferences. Your life and relationships change over time — it’s important that your will reflects those changes, too.

You may also consider taking a few extra minutes to make sure you’ve named beneficiaries of your non-probate assets, like your life insurance policies or retirement accounts. You can name a charity as a beneficiary of these assets as another great way to leave a lasting impact.

 

It’s easy and free to make a will during Make-A-Will Month

We recently busted the myth that writing a will is expensive and time-consuming. In fact, with today’s technology, it’s becoming easier than ever to access high-quality, legally-binding will forms online, without the cost and time associated with hiring a lawyer.

There are several low-cost or free options on the market that will help you quickly and accurately write your will. If you join the 800,000+ people that have created their will on FreeWill, you can complete your free, legally-binding will in less time than it takes to watch an episode of your favorite TV show.

Making a will is the best way to protect your loved ones and contribute to the people and causes you love the most. Get started today.

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Have you included Pets Lifeline in your plans?

If yes, please let us know.

Here's an portal created for you to let us know of your plans.

We appreciate surprises, and are grateful for every gift. It is helpful to know of bequests in advance.

 

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Would you like help creating your will at no cost to you?

Pets Lifeline has partnered with FreeWill to give you the opportunity to create a valid will for free.

 

You do not need to include Pets Lifeline, but if you do, thank you!

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