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Posted on: January 7, 2014

Knowing how to make a Will saves problems later

There are some topics that people are reluctant to think about. While 60% of adults said they believe everyone should have a will, only 44% said they have one. The reality is that a Will is an essential document for any adult, regardless of age, to create and maintain.

The Pierce County Aging & Disability Resource Center will host an information-only workshop in making a Will on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 10 a.m. The event will be held at the Pierce County Soundview Building, 3602 Pacific Avenue in Tacoma. The presenter will be elder law attorney Jonete Rehmke. RSVPs are requested in advance by calling (253) 798-8787.

Participants will have the chance to learn about Wills from the ground up and ask questions in the process. Among the issues that will be discussed: who needs a Will and why; what’s in a Will; using online Wills; when an attorney is needed; updating a Wills and do-it-yourself Wills.

“Most of us don’t have a great sense of urgency to create a Will,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, Manager of Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources. “Especially for younger adults, daily life keeps us pretty occupied. But the consequences of not having a Will can be tragic for the survivors. The best thing people can do is get good, honest information about Wills to dispel some of the misconceptions and understand the huge benefits to making a Will. The first step is to learn about “Will basics” and then to start the conversation that will lead to a well-thought out document.”

“Writing Your Will” is sponsored by the Pierce County Aging & Disability Resource Center. The workshop is free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested in advance by calling (253) 798-8787. For more information about the workshop itself, call the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center at (253) 798-4600.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Scott Kinney, Community Connections
253-798-4509
skinney@co.pierce.wa.us

Bob Riler, Community Connections
253-798-7384
briler@co.pierce.wa.us

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