Tuesday, February 12, 2013
This week, we finalized our Will. Since we're moving to Singapore for two years, we don't want to leave our family with any unanswered questions in the event of tragedy. Flying all the way to the other side of the globe makes you really consider these things. We each actually have our own Will, in the event something happens to either one of us. We each had to decide, basically, who will speak for us, in case we become incapacitated. Again, not something I like to think about. The thought of Linna growing up without AJ and I around, makes me sick to my stomach, but we want to make sure she's taken care of if something were to happen us. We also had to decide who Linna's guardian(s) would be, and this was such a difficult decision. We had have a sit-down with the person(s) we chose, to make sure that they were comfortable with being Linna's guardian(s), if AJ and I weren't around. Linna is incredibly lucky to have her "Godparents", John and Lisa (AJ's sister and her husband), as her legal guardians.
If it wasn't for my husband, I don't think I would have ever taken the necessary steps to put together a Will. AJ received a recommendation from someone at work, and we decided to go with Stone Law in Plymouth. A "Legal Solution Plan" is part of AJ's work benefits, and according to my mathematically-gifted and financially-responsible husband (thank God one of us is), our Will will cost us $3.35 per pay-period, or $6.70 per month for the year 2013. Not bad considering this would cost us a couple hundred dollars to do on our own. If you're planning to put together a Will (which I think all parents should do), check with your HR department at work to see if a Will or "Estate Planning" is part of your employment benefits. It can't hurt to ask! I have friends who have unfortunately lost a parent, or parents, and there was no Will. The death of a family member is incredibly difficult to deal with in itself, and it just puts added stress on those already suffering, to have to deal with unanswered questions. I'm incredibly thankful for my husband, for making our Will an actual document, instead of something on our "to do" list.