According to Sheryl Garrett, the author of Planning an Estate: How to Plan, Write and Execute a Will, you should review the following checklist so your loved ones don't have to worry:
- Go over your will with your executor to make sure he or she does not have any questions. You should explain the rationale behind any unusual provisions.
- Make sure your executor knows where your will is stored.
- Leave an unsigned copy of the will with your executor (just be sure to provide an updated version if you change it).
- Give your executor a summary of personal life and family history that will be pertinent to the will.
- Include a section in your will that explicitly states that your executor is expected to hire professionals as needed to carry out his or her duties. This will prevent problems with your beneficiaries.
- Give your executor a list of the names and contact information for the attorneys, bankers, CPAs and financial advisers you work with.
- Put in writing your burial or cremation instructions; be detailed. Give a copy to your executor and your partner/spouse.
- If you will donate your organs after your death, put your wishes in writing. Be specific about the organization you wish to donate to, and leave a copy with both your executor and your partner/spouse.