National Estate Planning Awareness Week
“a 2004 survey from Lawyers.com finding that:
- 58 percent of Americans lack a basic will, generally considered to be the first document in an individual’s estate plan.
- In addition, 69 percent lack a living will or medical directive (both documents communicate an individuals wishes for medical life support if that person is terminally ill or permanently unconscious).
- Only one-in-five, or 21%, have created a trust as a part of his/her estate plan. “