Those who have had a serious bout with the coronavirus (COVID-19) are 66% more likely to have created a will than those who did not get as sick, according to Caring.com’s 2022 Wills and Estate Planning Study.
COVID has accounted for more than one million deaths in the United States thus far.
MSN’s recent article entitled “More Young Adults Are Making This Surprising and Smart Money Move” says that it may be even more surprising that the number of adults in the 18-to-34 age range who now have estate planning documents has jumped 50% in the pandemic era.
Nonetheless, many people of all ages continue to put off the process of creating this key estate planning document.
Two-thirds of Americans still don’t have a will.
Caring.com found that among those who don’t have a will, a third say they think they don’t have enough wealth to warrant one.
However, even if you don’t have an expensive home, a large IRA and other valuable assets to pass on, you can still benefit from creating a will.
There’s no minimum level of wealth needed to have an estate plan, and every adult should have a basic plan in place to care for their own needs and the needs of their family.
The Caring.com survey of more than 2,600 adults found that—you guessed it—good old-fashioned procrastination is the primary reason people don’t create a will. About 40% admit to this factor.
Not surprisingly, the survey also found that those with higher incomes are more likely to put off getting a will due to procrastination.
Those people with lower incomes don’t prioritize a will because they don’t feel they have the assets to justify this important legal document.
Reference: MSN (July 24, 2022) “More Young Adults Are Making This Surprising and Smart Money Move”