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How to write a will

Individuals can write their own wills, but those for more complex estates are best handled by an attorney or estate planner. The key is to always have a current will in place. Failing that, the state will determine the distribution of one's assets, which might not result in an estate being transferred to the intended beneficiaries.

At the time of writing a will, there are other instruments that need to be considered to complete the estate planning process. This book serves as a guide to writing a will as well as completing some of those instruments. 

Most of the topics covered in writing a will are universal, but different jurisdictions handle them differently. The book serves as a guide to writing a simple will or to getting prepared for a meeting with an attorney or estate planner for a more complex will. The samples used are representative of Florida, United States and Jamaica.


Today, even in such a volatile world, it is estimated that over 60% of Americans do not have a will or estate planning documents in place. In Jamaica the state manages over J$12 billion (approximately US$80 million) for estates that include minor children where breadwinners died without leaving a will.

To emphasize some of the topics, samples and templates from Jamaica, West Indies and Florida, USA are used along with some shared experiences that have remained etched in her memory.

Walk with Gloria through this guide and be encouraged to make your will, organize your estate and leave a legacy for your beneficiaries

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