Don’t have a will? You are being a neglectful parent.

I have a friend whose father recently passed away.  She misses her dad terribly.  Worse, her father didn’t have a will.  She’s stuck dealing with the nutcase ex and the legal system, from several thousand miles away.  It’s costly, dramatic and frankly, devastating.  And, we held a fundraiser last year for a Kristy Kaplon, a young mother who was pregnant with twins.  Her husband, Brian, was shot and killed by his best friend.  He had no will.  Can you imagine the hell that she went through?

When the MomsLA gals approached me about doing this sponsored post about estate planning, I jumped at the chance to share some wisdom about planning for the future with y’all.

There are a million reasons not to put together a will and/or estate plan.  My friend Kim Tracy Prince covered this subject a while ago.  The first reason that I hear frequently from people is that it’s expensive to put together a plan for the future.  Let me tell you this – you know nothing about expense until you have to deal with the legal system in a probate situation.  It’s extremely unkind to do to your children and loved ones.  If you don’t do it now, they will have to go through hell later.  And never mind when there are small children involved… if you don’t have a will set up when you have children, I honestly believe it’s neglectful.  Enough preaching from me.  I’m not the expert.

Meet Sona Tatiyants, an Estate Planning Attorney, who talks about why you need a will or an estate plan:

And here’s some information on what happens to your kids if something were to happen to you:  (In other words, why you need to get up off the couch and make a plan, Stan.)

Right now you are either feeling smug or scared.  Which is it?

Smug? Then you’ve gotta plan.  Yay you!

Scared?  You need a will and an estate plan.  It’s doable.  Very doable.  Just get it done.  Your loved ones will be thankful that you did. And so will you.

For more information, check out Sona Tatiyants, Los Angeles Estate Planning Attorney’s website.  Or, find her on Facebook or Twitter.

* This post is part of a sponsored campaign for Sona Tatiyants, Estate Planning Attorney, and

DISCLAIMER: The contents of this video are intended for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. Tatiyants Law, MomsLA and Debbie Goldberg aka Manhattan Beach Moma make no warranty about the accuracy or reliability of the information in this video or any linked sites.  Transmission of communication is not intended to create and receipt does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Any reliance on the information in this video is at your own risk.


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  40. We were required to get a will in order to adopt children in the United States, and we are happy that we did. We actually ended up setting-up a family trust :)

  41. This was on our to-do list, but we never got around to it. Thank you for the reminder.

  42. OMG! I've thinking about this, I have to get a will!

  43. This is such an important post. My husband and I are literally signing our updated estate plan on Thursday. It's going to be with a big sigh of relief.

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  45. It’s true and important for parents with kids of all ages. I watched grown up children fight over stupid things that they decided were important even though there was a will in place. Emotions run high when someone passes (sudden or not) and anything a parent can do to help buffer this is so important.
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  46. Feeling like a bad parent right about now…

  47. very important so glad we just did it!

  48. Sharon Hodor Greenthal says:

    Very important information – when my children were little we made it a priority to designate a guardian if we both were to die. When things changed, we changed the guardian.

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