The process of creating a will can be intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. Kiplinger's Personal Finance has provided a simple six-step approach to creating a good will:
1) Sort out all of your assets including real estate, financial assets, personal items, and other possessions such as automobiles to help you get started.
2) If you have minor children, then select a guardian who will take care of your children if you pass away.
3) Designate beneficiaries who will receive your assets once you pass away. This could include family members, friends, or charities.
4) Select an executor who will be in charge of distributing your assets according to your wishes.
5) Meet with an estate planning attorney to make sure your wishes are properly reflected in your documents.
6) Update your will from time to time as you go through life changes.
While thinking about death is probably not at the top of your to-do list, breaking down the pieces of a will into these six simple steps can make the process of creating a will much less daunting.