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What Goes into a Will?

The “Cans” and “Can’ts” of Your Last Wishes

What elements make up the anatomy of a will? After all, this is the document that will be here when you’re gone, as a statement of your wishes and intent. In this chapter I talk about what a will can and can’t do, what the boilerplate terms are, and why they’re important. The goal of this chapter is to give you a blueprint to read your will and understand what it says.

Quick aside: You might live in a state like California or Florida, where a revocable trust or living trust is the customary document that controls what happens to your assets when you die. Or your attorney may have ...

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