Why it is important to decide what will happen to our property after we die?

Allegedly, following our death, the question what will happen to our property is not supposed to trouble us at all since it is believed that property cannot be enjoyed after death. However, we are also troubled by the question of the fate of our property after we die.

This stems from a number of reasons. One principal reason is that this property was accumulated after making considerable efforts during our lifetime and it is only natural that we want to ensure which beneficial causes it will serve after we die.

An additional and no less important reason is the natural and sincere care of each person towards the wellbeing of his offspring. During our lifetime we all invest considerable efforts to provide for our children (even if sometimes they do not appreciate it) and we would not want our successors to lack possessions after we die.

Another common reason concerns the desire to prevent conflicts among family members after we die due to conflicts over the division of inheritance. Money and property can “confuse” well established habits and undermine the judgment of many people and many wish to determine in their lifetime the fate of their property after they die in order to preserve family unity and avert from legal conflicts between family members. Such conflicts, after the death of a family member, divided families irrevocably and even divided between brothers who lived peacefully beforehand.

A consideration that is no less important is the testator’s wish to “settle accounts” after his death with respect to the persons and the events that were part of his life. Justice can be done by providing special benefits after we die to a certain family member, whose attitude to us was particularly good, or who helped us in the past financially or otherwise, or who needs most our assistance out of all family members.

Justice can also be manifested in “punishing” a family member who caused a wrong, sorrow or hurt other family members or who neglected the relationship with us and in our opinion does not deserve to enjoy our property.

In short, doing justice after we die will reflect our conduct during our lifetime. This concerns our ability to communicate our very personal and subjective feeling of justice.

In conclusion, the decisions you make today concerning your property with respect to the time following your death may no longer affect you in the afterlife, however these decisions will have a serious effect on the living. The effect of your will not only be financial but also emotional and will also constitute the final statement in the long and complex relationships you maintain with others.

When our relatives learn about our thoughts and feelings towards them by the will, it will be already too late to change anything and therefore the will is the last chance to express our true will and convey to our family members a last and unique message that is eternal and irrevocable.

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