It should not come as a surprise that only 34% of all Americans have created a will. But a survey from Everplans has revealed that we don’t know enough about the process and that is the real issue behind our national reluctance to have our wills done.
The usual reason given for why so many people have not created estate plans is that death is a taboo subject in American culture. People do not want to think about their own deaths and what will happen to their families and property afterwards.
However, only 18% of the respondents to the survey gave that as a reason that they did not have an estate plan. Instead 95% of those without wills cited a lack of information about creating estate plans and services to create them as part of the reason they have not acted.
Fox Business reported on this survey in an article titled “The Sad State of Estate Planning: Why Only 34% Have a Will in Place.”
It is unclear why people think they do not have the information needed to create an estate plan. People are not required to make their own estate plans or draft their own wills. In fact, it is extremely inadvisable to do so. Instead, people should seek out experts who have the information and can do all the required drafting.
And those experts are not hard to find. They exist in all but the smallest, rural communities. They are estate planning and or elder law attorneys.
Our office would be happy to help you. Call 617-244-4373 x 210.
Reference: Fox Business (September 28, 2015) “The Sad State of Estate Planning: Why Only 34% Have a Will in Place.”