Wills are important because they allow you to map out what you want done with your financial house when you leave this earth. For parents, it also is a vehicle to care for underage children and appoint guardians.
My late husband Jimmy avoided the topic prior to a procedure which resulted in a catastrophic brain stem stroke. Once his health stabilized a bit, I discovered I couldn't even sell a lawn mower at our house. My hands were tied on several financial issues, because we did not properly plan before his medical procedure.
Jimmy eventually was able to designate me as his power of attorney. With that important piece of paper, I was able to sort through our financial house. It took a while, but I eventually pushed my way through that dark, long tunnel.
As a caregiver, I recognized my responsibility to plan for Jimmy. It was a happy day when my will was drawn up. I knew Jimmy would be cared for in my absence.
I know it's a touchy subject. Some people just don't want to deal with the issue of their eventual death. For me, a will shows you love and respect your family.
Today, there are multiple online resources for wills and a multitude of local attorneys willing to draft a will. It's easy and can give you peace of mind. I believe creating a will is one of the greatest ways to show your family that you love them.