Choose your legacy. Write a will.

At MSI, we believe that everyone should have autonomy. Everyone, no matter their circumstances, deserves the chance to choose their path in life and the legacy they leave behind. That’s why we’ve partnered with FreeWill, an online tool for our supporters that allows you to make a will, and declare your legacy at no cost. The start of a new year is a time of resolutions. Resolve to choose your legacy and write a will with this free tool today.

Making a will can seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be time-consuming or expensive. We have four tips to get you started: 

1) Decide what kind of will you need. 

For most people, a simple will, also called a basic will, is enough. This basic document lists your assets and decides who will receive them—family, loved ones, or even a nonprofit you care about.  

If you have a more complicated estate or own a business, a simple will might not cover your needs. Talk to your lawyer or estate planner to find an option that works for you. 

At MSI, we help our clients plan for the future. You can use FreeWill to plan for your family’s future.

2) Decide how you want to write your will. 

We recommend FreeWill, a free online tool that walks you through the process. You can then download and print your will and receive instructions on how to make sure it’s legally binding in your state. 

You can also write a will by hand—however, these kinds of wills can be difficult to defend n court. Another option is to use a do-it-yourself kit or template, which might come with an additional cost. 

3) Choose who will receive your assets. 

Your assets can include obvious things, like bank accounts and property, and some things you might not think of, such as pets or family heirlooms. Be as specific as you can. You may want to leave everything to your spouse or children, or you may want to include extended family, friends, and even charities you care about. 

4) Don’t forget to sign it! 

For a will to be legally valid, most states require that it be signed in front of two witnesses. Your witnesses can’t be named in the will as beneficiaries, guardians, or your executor. They could be roommates, friends, or neighbors. If you make your will with FreeWill, you’ll receive instructions on how to make your will valid in your state.  

Ready to get started? Click here to visit FreeWill and begin making your will. 

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