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My draft will

I decided I needed a new will, since my old one was set up to pay for the college expenses for my siblings until they turned age 25 and they are all older than 25 now.

I need to find a cheap lawyer to vet it, and two people not designated in the will to sign it.

I may change things around a bit too. I'm still thinking about it.

  1. I, Philip Weiss, being of sound mind, designate this document as my will, revoking any and all previous wills and codicils.
  2. I designate Jason Sloane to be the executor of my estate.
  3. At my death, all harvestable organs should be donated to the appropriate organ donation agencies. If possible, my body should be donated to an organization engaged in scientific research. If not, bury it or cremate it as cheaply as possible. In particular, the use of a funeral home should be as limited as possible.
  4. $25,000 (2007 dollars) shall be set aside for funerals, memorials, wakes, or other parties as determined by the executor. The executor shall attempt to direct these funds toward events which are in his judgment baudy, fun, or enjoyable rather than solemn, sad, or dreary.
  5. The funds in my IRA shall be placed in trust for the benefit of Victor Matthew Weiss, my nephew, until he reaches age 25. Prior to age 25 the trustee shall disburse funds to pay for Victor's post-secondary educational expenses. Such payments may only be made for tuition, books or other course-related expenses at an accredited academic, technical or vocational school. Rent may be paid for provided Victor lives in on-campus housing, and food provided that it is through school food service plans. The executor shall name the trustee. Any funds remaining after the school term during which Victor turns 25 shall be given to Community for Youth, a Seattle charity, and the trust terminated.
  6. All personal items, including but not limited to my books, shall be distributed at the executor's direction.
  7. [Name redacted] shall receive my car.
  8. Community for Youth, a Seattle non-profit, shall receive $50,000 (2007 dollars). This amount shall be adjusted for inflation.
  9. $50,000 (2007 dollars) shall be donated to a charity for use in relief of refugees from civil or international war. If the Darfur civil war has not ended, the charity shall be the International Crisis Group. Otherwise the executor shall determine the charity. The amount shall be adjusted for inflation.
  10. The remaining funds shall be divided equally between my sister Elaine Brye, my brother Joseph Bender, and my friends Jason Sloane, [Name redacted], [Name redacted], [Name redacted], [Name redacted], [Name redacted], [Name redacted], [Name redacted], and [Name redacted].

I redacted the names of all but my family and Jason. If you want to know if that's your name under there, I'll tell you. I just didn't want to broadcast to everyone else that you stand to come into some money if I get offed.

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burgunder From: burgunder Date: March 16th, 2007 08:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really need to do this. I keep putting it off because my finances have changed night to day and day to night at least three times in the last decade. It's like writing a will for a river... you never step into the same river twice. Becoming a personal theme. Heh. But regardless of what else changes, I have a standing % in the skyrocketing company I own, and a permanent % even if I were to quit tomorrow.

If you need the signature and I'm still among your trusted friends after the nevermind incident, you can count on me.
faerieburst From: faerieburst Date: March 16th, 2007 08:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
What if Community for Youth is no longer "in business" at the time of your death?

~Aramada
gkr From: gkr Date: March 16th, 2007 08:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Then I'll have to update my will. They've been around for over a decade now, so I figure they'll be around for a year or two more. I figure I'll need to update it in a year or two anyway. I wrote up this one with the assumption that I only have the one nephew and that I am unmarried/single. There's a decent chance both could change so it's likely to be needing the changing before too long anyway.
faerieburst From: faerieburst Date: March 16th, 2007 08:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fair enough. It just seemed a conspicuous lack of an eventuality coverage, when you have so many others in there (2007 dollars, adjusted for inflation, if Darfur civil war is over, etc.) ::shrugs:: Figured I'd ask.

~Aramada
gkr From: gkr Date: March 16th, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah. I'd even thought of that. It was all about what could happen in the next couple of years.
faerieburst From: faerieburst Date: March 16th, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Other than that, it looks fine. You know how to make it valid, so I would say you are pretty much covered.

Though I think you should write it out in Old English calligraphy.

Maybe even with Old English spelling.

And some of those big, fancy capital letters with all the decorations.

Yeah, make it pretty.

~Aramada
gkr From: gkr Date: March 16th, 2007 09:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
There could be some changes with regard to the educational trust, as I don't yet know the best way to handle that tax-wise.

But I can't use calligraphy properly in my will. From what I've been reading, handwritten wills are disfavored by courts. I could probably use a nice gothic font though.
faerieburst From: faerieburst Date: March 16th, 2007 09:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually, handwritten is fine in Washington, AS LONG AS it is signed by the testator and witnessed. That's what the courts have had problems with in Washington, not the handwritten part, but the unwitnessed part. Most people think a handwritten will automatically = holographic will, which are not allowed here. Not so...holographic will = handwritten AND unwitnessed.

"In Writing: The "in writing" requirement means what it says: Written, whether typewritten, handwritten, or printed. Unlike some other jurisdictions, Washington does not require a Will to be typewritten or printed; the mere fact that it is handwritten, even by another, will not invalidate it so long as it is "in writing" and "signed by the Testator.""

This is a pretty "plain English," (and more important in my world) easy to navigate site. http://www.washington-wills.com/

~Aramada
gkr From: gkr Date: March 16th, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wasn't aware that Washington didn't care. Though I'll still stay away from handwritten, since you never know where I'll be living when I die. I'd rather make it legal in as many states as possible rather than mess with any chance of lengthening probate.
faerieburst From: faerieburst Date: March 16th, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Doesn't matter where you will be living when you kick off. If it was legal in the state where you made it, it is legal in the state where you die. "Full faith and credit", baby.

But yeah, fine, go with the EASY, SIMPLE solution.

You just don't want to do the pretty calligraphy. I see how you are.

~Aramada
intrepid_reason From: intrepid_reason Date: March 16th, 2007 08:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

In case of my death.

I have life insurance, to be split between my siblings, and a living will. I have filed documents with the State for a partial code. My sister (yes the one I fight with,) is designated with my durable power of attorney in medical matters if I am found incapable of communicating my wishes. I don't have much in the monetary sense so I haven't considered a full will. The bank still owns half my car, so they'd just take it back. If I owned property, I would consider it.

Sigh. I already know who'll get all my books, but then many of them came from him first.
gkr From: gkr Date: March 16th, 2007 09:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: In case of my death.

I need to set up a power of attorney for medical matters still.
intrepid_reason From: intrepid_reason Date: March 16th, 2007 09:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: In case of my death.

To me that's more important than stuff. I dont agree with everyone close to me about how or if I want my life prolonged or under what circumstance. Also, something I learned while dealign with my mother. Unless you file a
http://www.wsma.org/patients/HCD-forms.pdf . Grim stuff, but very important.
intrepid_reason From: intrepid_reason Date: March 16th, 2007 09:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: In case of my death.

Ok didn't finish my thought before sending... unless you file an Advanced Directive, you leave it up to your closest relatives to fight over the decision, and it can tear a family apart.
gkr From: gkr Date: March 16th, 2007 09:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: In case of my death.

I haven't exactly figured out under what circumstances I am okay with my life being prolonged. I got back and forth frequently, so until I figure out what I want I didn't want to push the decision on someone else.
thugg1ns From: thugg1ns Date: March 16th, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's none of my business who gets your money, I'm just curious about the Shaggin' Wagon!
gkr From: gkr Date: March 16th, 2007 09:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
There has been no shaggin in the wagon up til now. I was promised a date in the car, but me and the girl never got around to it.

The named person could be getting a virgin car.
thugg1ns From: thugg1ns Date: March 16th, 2007 09:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
2 words:

A ) Hookers
B ) Blow
gkr From: gkr Date: March 16th, 2007 09:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
See item #4.
schmooops From: schmooops Date: March 16th, 2007 11:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Do you have more than one nephew? Or is there a possibility you might, ever? If Uncle King Rat Phil died and left money to only one of his nephews/nieces, the others might think it unfair. Of course, it's entirely your choice to do so, but just thought I might mention it, especially in the event that you have siblings who haven't procreated yet.
gkr From: gkr Date: March 16th, 2007 11:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
If someone else gets born, I revise the will.
turtlegrrl13 From: turtlegrrl13 Date: March 17th, 2007 12:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I really need to do this. Yours looks good, really good. I used to want to donate my body for science until I did a cadaver lab. Some institutions are able to keep the body for up to 2 years then all of the remains are returned to the family or designated place. I think its great for people to learn from it, but a bizarre feeling of sadness overcame me for the grieving family. Now, I think my body will be more of harvest what you want then burn me up.
From: jenny_i_read Date: March 17th, 2007 01:45 am (UTC) (Link)
I have to have my will written by mid-May. Did you use any software or a template? Maybe I should talk to you about it on Sunday.
gkr From: gkr Date: March 17th, 2007 01:51 am (UTC) (Link)
I used a word processor.
mrsloane From: mrsloane Date: March 20th, 2007 11:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
It will be the gayest event evar
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