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Last Will and Testament

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by 209, Jul 25, 2007.

  1. 209

    209 Member

    Jun 16, 2007
    Northeastern US
    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.
  2. spooky_t

    spooky_t New Member

    May 8, 2007
    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.
  3. DoubleTapDrew

    DoubleTapDrew Mentor

    Feb 23, 2006
    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.
  4. Joe Gunns

    Joe Gunns Member

    Jan 9, 2003
    Washington State
    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.
  5. TangSafetyM77

    TangSafetyM77 New Member

    Feb 14, 2003
    San Antonio, TX
    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."
  6. texas bulldog

    texas bulldog Participating Member

    Feb 20, 2007
    Central Texas
    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.
  7. Cosmoline

    Cosmoline Senior Elder

    Dec 29, 2002
    Los Anchorage
    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.
  8. silverlance

    silverlance Senior Member

    Jul 11, 2005
    In my Foxhole
    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.
  9. HatFried

    HatFried New Member

    Nov 19, 2006
    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.
  10. HippieCrusher

    HippieCrusher New Member

    Jun 13, 2007
    Get a will keep and it in the family

    Otherwise your stuff will end up with the outlaws (if you're married) - I mean inlaws.
  11. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    Dec 24, 2002
    Home Of The First Capitol Of The Confederate State
    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~! ;)
  12. 3fgburner

    3fgburner Member

    Feb 13, 2006
    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".
  13. dav

    dav Active Member

    Dec 31, 2002
    San Diego, PRK
    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)
  14. Steve499

    Steve499 Active Member

    Dec 7, 2005
    Central Missouri
    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.

  15. joab

    joab Senior Member

    Feb 11, 2004
    Ocoee, Fla
    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
  16. Guitargod1985

    Guitargod1985 Participating Member

    Jul 11, 2007
    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.
  17. 308win

    308win Senior Member

    Jun 23, 2003
    Ohio - The Heart of it All
    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.
  18. 03Shadowbob

    03Shadowbob Participating Member

    Jul 3, 2006
    West Palm Beach
    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.
  19. granuale

    granuale New Member

    Jul 26, 2007
    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,

  20. mindwip

    mindwip Active Member

    Apr 26, 2006
    Here in Sunny Sol Cal
    My family is big on Living trusts, and such. This way things dont go to court.

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