Last Will and Testament


July 25, 2007, 01:34 PM
Does anyone here actually have a well-written will that directs where things go?

Or, do you have a general will that gives everything to, say your wife, and then she can give various items to members of the family where she sees fit.

I ask for a reason. I may share those reasons such I get a response. But, my reason for asking isn't pretty.

How do you guys and gals do it?

I'm looking at my guns as I ask this.

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July 25, 2007, 02:07 PM
Regardless of what your reason(s) - If you're really concerned about who *any* of your possessions go to, *be specific* in your will.
And be sure to have it witnessed and notarized.

July 25, 2007, 02:12 PM
If you want a do it yourself one I've seen that some people on here use Quicken Willmaker for establishing living trusts for NFA items. You'll still need it notarized and witnessed but it should handle the formatting and content aspects.

Joe Gunns
July 25, 2007, 02:33 PM
To answer your specific question. My will directs that everything goes to wife or daughter, if wife predeceases me. Have a "death book" with all account info and specific directions laid out in the safe. She has combo. Daughter has a more general set and will have to pay to get the safe drilled. :cool: We have been married 36 years and have good relationship with the daughter, so am pretty confident they will follow advice and directions. However, IF they choose not to, that's Ok, as they may have a different set of realities than what I am anticipating and I am not going to be there to care. :) In any event, if I had an item, items, or monetary bequest that I felt very strongly about, I would change the will to include those.

July 25, 2007, 02:34 PM
I have a close friend who is an attorney who did our wills here in Texas. Actually it was a set of about 7 documents that we signed: Trust for the kid, physicians directive etc. Since the only material things I really care about are my guns, he had me just prepare a separate addendum. The will says that my firearms collection is to be distributed as per the addendum.

This way as I aquire more guns or sell some off, I can update the list. Or if I change my mind about an heir for a certain gun I can change it without having to change the will itself.

I have actually combined my personal list of guns with this document, so after I am gone, there will be a comprehensive list showing model, make, serial number, accesories, aprroximate value and intended heir. It is all on the same spreadsheet. So it says "Remington 243 with weaver 4X scope, aprox retail value $500, intended heir is Cousin Larry."

texas bulldog
July 25, 2007, 02:38 PM
all of my possessions, firearms included, would go directly to the wife, as hers would to me. but then, she is pro-gun, and i completely trust her judgment. if that were not the case, i suppose i would specify models and S/Ns and who they each go to.

July 25, 2007, 02:44 PM
If you have personal possessions of significant value and esp. if you have real estate, you really need to consult an attorney. It's not very expensive and it can save those who survive a LOT of headaches. This business about using some computer software is fine if you don't actually have anything important to pass on. Otherwise, see a lawyer. Estate planning is tricky, and what works fine in one state may not work at all in another. There may also be tax considerations.

July 25, 2007, 02:50 PM
i hear you, 209. I had my own reason that wasn't pretty a few years back. I wound up buying 600,000 of life insurance and making video tapes of myself and that sort of thing.

I still have 300k of LI and the tapes, but I put them away somewhere where I won't have to see them. Don't like looking at myself in bad states, you know.

Remember Stiletto Null? (rest in peace, buddy) He was a great guy, would talk to me about how to clean an FN49. Then he cashed in himself on a beach in NC or somewhereabouts.

Ive wondered more than once what happened to his guns. I hope they didn't sell them to any jane dick or jack, or worse yet turn them into the police station. As soon as I get a bit of free time I'm going email his family and send my codolences, maybe a card.

July 25, 2007, 02:56 PM
The province where I live in allows for holographic wills, meaning that in so long as the will is written in one's hand writing it's valid under the law. Due to my estate, or lack thereof, my will is pretty general and broad. I can only imagine that I'd start making specifics as my estate gets bigger.

July 25, 2007, 02:59 PM
Otherwise your stuff will end up with the outlaws (if you're married) - I mean inlaws.

Ala Dan
July 25, 2007, 03:00 PM
Yep, I sure do have a (verifiable) written will; out lining to whom each item
(including firearms) goes~! First up, is my daughter; she gets what she
wants (any or all), then she can decide what too do with the rest~! ;)

July 25, 2007, 03:00 PM
Wife and I are currently filling out the info forms, for a joint revocable living trust. Essentially, if one of us croaks, the other one snags the document binder and heads for bank, etc.

The will section is basically, "Anything I have, that's not listed in the trust, is hereby dumped into the trust".

July 25, 2007, 04:18 PM
Yes, our will specifies the few things we possess that we want to go to someone in particular.

But mostly, if I'm gone, why should I care who gets it? (as long as it doesn't go to the state)

July 25, 2007, 05:50 PM
A close friend of mine passed away. He had a will which made some distributions among his friends. He had notified most about their mention in his will, and he was hardly cold before some started in on his widow about when they could pick up their stuff.

My will, therefore, says everything goes to my wife. There is an addendum where I list the things (all guns, so far) I want to go to a specific person. I have not told anyone, even the kids, that they are to get anything specific. My wife can follow my desires for passing along my toys if she chooses, and, if so, at her own pace. I WILL not have her subjected to what my friend's widow endured.


July 25, 2007, 06:02 PM
My friend died last year
Before he passed he gave me verbal instructions as to what was supposed to happen to his stuff and his remains, because he believed that his family would follow his wishes.
And knowing our relationship he assumed that they would accept my word as his
The only wishes fulfilled were the ones I was able to get to before his family swooped down.

I am also in the process, right this minute actually, of disposing of personal items and selling off non essentials
I am leaving everything to the wife with specific instructions as to who gets what mementos.
I can only hope that she follows through, but I know that she will have the best interests of my memory in mind what ever she does.

Not sure what I think of her plan to plant my ashes in a rice field in Vietnam, but everything done past death is done for the peace of mind of the living
I hope that209 is not doing it for the same reason I am

July 25, 2007, 06:38 PM
I made sure that my loved ones know I plan to be cremated. Part of this decision is based upon what I see in the development of land used in the past as cemetaries. I don't want some ***hole digging me up fifty years from now so they can build a shopping mall or apartment complex on top of me. And if you think this sort of thing never happens, it's happening right now down the street from me.

July 25, 2007, 06:49 PM
I am not an attorney; but, states have laws about how property is distributed and if you don't like your state of residence's laws you need a proper will. If you don't have a large or complicated estate a will won't cost you much more than a few boxes of ammo at today's prices.:( It really gets ugly where someone with whom you have no natural affinity is in the distribution set by the law (read step parent) and your natural parent has certain wishes.

July 25, 2007, 07:36 PM
I am fairly young, 35, but have had a will for a long time. The way I look at it is this. I trusted my wife enough to marry her and if I trust someone that much then I trust her with everything I leave behind. If for some act of God but my wife and I die at same time then the life insurance, 401ks, individual retirement plans, IRAs, etc (about $2mm) goes into a trust where the kids college is paid for and then they get it at 25yoa.

July 26, 2007, 01:33 AM
209, I am a lawyer and want you to know that with the exception of federal taxes, estate law is controlled by state law. The advice you get here about how to go about things may or may not be correct depending on the state. I suggest you do hire a lawyer :) , but if you decide not to, definitely go to the library and do some research about what your state requires/allows/forbids in wills.

The above assumes you are a U.S. citizen residing in the United States.

Good luck,


July 26, 2007, 01:39 AM
My family is big on Living trusts, and such. This way things dont go to court.

July 26, 2007, 01:42 AM
I spent over $3,500 on a Will, Revocable Trust and advanced directive and ILIT. Money well spent my family will not experience probate and everything of any importance is in the trust, estate taxes will be kept to a minimum. The documents spell out Beneficiary's, executors, and everything else. I look at it as money well spent. As an Estate Planner I lead by example. My life insurance is also in a ILIT Irrevocable Life Insurance Truse so It doesn't become part of my estate. A large life insurance policy can have negative estate tax issues depending on the size of the estate.

July 26, 2007, 02:37 AM
Have a good lawyer write up your will. Be specific about what your wishes are and give special attention to who your executor will be. If you have no one you thoroughly trust, use a lawyer as executor.

It's also important to keep your will updated as things change as time passes by. The amount you spend, today, on a lawyer to write up your will is a bargain compared to what your estate may have to pay if your will is not properly looked after.

Best regards:

July 26, 2007, 07:28 AM
I've been thinking about this a lot. I don't really have anyone who would be
interested in my stuff save for 1 Glock I promised to my niece. I don't know
what to do about the place here. It's not a home, it's a fairly nice mobile home
and it's paid for. I also have a stuff that could go, but I don't know what to
do with it right now. I've been thinking about willing most of my stuff to this
institute for the blind up here where I live, but I don't know if they'd be
interested. I guess I better get on the ball since I'll be seeing the middle
of a century + 5 next b-day..and as rotten as I am, I know I'm on borrowed

Far as me, I'm getting hooked up with an affordable cremation place
here locally. I just went through this with my last parent a few months
ago and considering all, things went super smooth. No probate, or
fights among what's left of our family, etc. We had things pretty
well set up for her.

I can get charbroiled and planted over ar Riverside Natl Cemetery for
640.00 bucks. That's not bad. If any are interested, here it is..

And I apologize for getting off topic.

July 27, 2007, 08:14 PM
I probably need to pay more attention to the way I word things, but I was extremely upset with my son when I posted the OP. When I said I was "looking at my guns as I posted this" I meant I was thinking on how to leave them and to whom I should.

Basically, my will is the normal type that leaves everything to my wife should I predecease her. Should she go first, she would leave everything to me. I have one son by a previous marriage. Should my wife pass on first and then I die or should we both die at the same time, everything is left to him. Pretty standard fare according to the way I know most wills are done. We each have a list of certain possessions that we have asked to be given to various people.

My son, who is now 24yo, happened to see a rough draft and gave me a ration of crap. It seems he thinks should I die, he should share equally with my wife. Where kids get these ideas is beyond me, but he's being a butthead! :banghead:

July 27, 2007, 08:39 PM
I dont know about your family situation other then what you have posted. But it is very common with kids no matter what age after they have bonded with there original parents not to see "new" Moms and dads as equals. This is when you get the "your not my real daddy"

When the parents of a kid either split up or one parent dies and the kid is left living with one parent. If the original parent decides to remarry or date someone, the new "parent" in the kids life has very little power over the kid from the kids point of view. To the kid this new person is not his mom or dad, sure they may call them that, and obey them most of the time, but to kids they still don't have all the power/respect of the original parents. Generally they don't consider them equals, they are an out sider. They rely on the bond between the original parent and them selfs.

Not saying this is right or wrong, and there are extremes both ways. But overall this is how things shape up. So your kid being upset is normal to a point, he sees it as if you die, then the next closes person to you, the person you are bonded to the most would be who you leave your stuff. Since you are picking someone else that hurts him. It might even have little to do with the will money wise, and more to do with the feelings of who your picking over him. Of course dont get me wrong i am not saying who should get what.

As i said i don't know the whole story, and that could change this up a bit. The age of the kid at getting remarried does factor in but after a certain age not so much. But at least its good he thinks he should share equally with my wife and not "i should get everything."

July 27, 2007, 08:58 PM
My one the fears in my life was that my mother would die before my step father
That would mean that all that she had helped him and them acquire would be left to his children who did not respect my mother

Their far was that he would die first which would cut them out of the will with his fortune going to the step son they saw as a suck up

It's an age old conundrum that no amount of reasoning will resolve

By the way he died first and she has left everything to me and the step brother that treated her with respect

July 27, 2007, 09:04 PM
I'm only in my mid twenties, but yes, I do.

special conditions here that warrant it though.

July 27, 2007, 09:08 PM
I sure do. I did a similar thread just prior to my neurosurgery this past Feb.

July 27, 2007, 09:19 PM
If you want something, a firearm in particular, to go to someone--then the best way is to give it to them while you are still alive. If it is a weapon you must retain because the person is, perhaps, not of legal age---you can transfer lawful title while you (or a lawyer or third party) retain custody of the weapon until they attain their majority.

I have only a simple will, leaving my wife everything. The firearms I have aren't mine anyway--lawful title belongs to my kids (both < 5 yrs old). If I'm lucky to live long enough, I'm going to keep my Mos. 500 and 10/22 after they take control of the others--they can flip a coin for the last two when I'm gone.

Guns are, in my experience, one of those things that people just wrestle over when someone passes.

July 27, 2007, 11:48 PM
I am ABSOLUTELY specific in my will, right down to who receives which item by maker, model, caliber and serial number -- and I maintain a current inventory of all arms with copies to two "trusted agents". :what:

In a general way, my completely unsupportive spouse is EXPLICITLY prohibited from deriving ANY benefit from disposition of my arms, arms related goods and hunting related goods. :o

Is this sufficiently explicit?!?!!!!

July 28, 2007, 12:46 AM
Remember that wills can be contested. I know this from personal experience. If you really, really want someone to inherit a specific item and you can even fathom a sibling or other relative objecting, give it away right now. Even if you can't, you probably should.

July 28, 2007, 01:12 AM
The only force that will ensure that a last will and testament is carried out according to your wishes is the love and respect of those you left behind, both for you and for each other.

I'm of an age where I have dealt with the deaths of both my parents, and have been witness to many friends going through inheritance situations.

People who I had always assumed were normal average rational types sharing a bond of family love and tragic loss turned overnight into raging lunatics fighting tooth and nail over financial issues equivalent to their weekly hot beverage budget.

If your goal in crafting a will is to punish or reward specific family members, expect that members of the legal profession will end up the primary beneficiaries of your estate, once the inevitable wrangling commences.

July 28, 2007, 02:20 AM
People who I had always assumed were normal average rational types sharing a bond of family love and tragic loss turned overnight into raging lunatics fighting tooth and nail over financial issues equivalent to their weekly hot beverage budget.

And utter scum sucking *illegitimate children* turn even worse. When my mother's grandfather died(having lived a longer and fuller life than many Biblical forefathers), his daughter was most uncooperative. She spent less time taking caring of her father than my mother did. She couldn't outright take everything, too many people watching, but she burned up some good money in attorney fees and stalling.

Even her father, dying and senile, saw through her crap.

Nomad, 2nd
July 28, 2007, 03:30 AM
Will, living will, power of attorney, and 'other' instructions

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