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What If I Die Tomorrow?

Before I sat down to write this, I exercised, and then I made dinner. Afterward, I washed those dishes and swept the kitchen floor. Then I checked my email. And began searching for a plane ticket for travel…next April.

I took the recyclables to the outdoor bin. I switched out my contacts for my glasses. And then I double-checked my DVR was set to record the next day’s game. I believe I even set my alarm, which is what I do when I actually climb into bed—and bedtime was at least a good three hours off.

Yes, I was procrastinating.

Not because I fear writing; and not because the writing assignment wasn’t important. I was just putting it off because I could. Kind of the definition of procrastination, no? While I had set aside this specific time to write this entry, there was no hammer that was going to fall on me at a particular moment on this particular evening. With an eventual deadline to hit, however, I did have a clock that was ticking. And I had to file that story before that clock expired.

What’s your expiration date? When does your clock stop ticking?

That’s a little morbid, huh? It’s also quite realistic.

I’m not sure anyone really plans on death Well, Charles Krauthammer did. Quoting the Pulitzer Prize-winning author this past June 8, mere days before his passing:

My doctors tell me their best estimate is that I have only a few weeks left to live….It was a wonderful life—full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living.

Less than two weeks later, June 21, he was gone. The guess is he spent those final days with loved ones. Probably recounting favored memories. Perhaps sharing the advice and counsel of which he made a career. For sure saying goodbye. All things considered, that’s a pretty good way to go.

…Or you could use that time to feverishly compile a will. Assuming you’re of sound enough mind and physical state, that is. And that you have really committed lawyers who want to come to your hospice facility at the last minute. Who wouldn’t think of gouging you on their already-inflated rates for urgent, last-minute legal counsel?

Of course, you could also jump online at willing.com today, tonight or this weekend, and create your own will (starting at $69).

And one of the best parts of the willing.com option? You don’t have to worry about whether or not software has your best interests at heart. Or if the software is milking the clock. Because computers don’t have feelings. Or high-rise office leases to pay. Or fast-approaching dinner reservations that call for the “need to wind this meeting down.”

Trust the online software or the unknown lawyer? Well, since launching in 2015, willing.com has successfully executed more than 500,000 wills. But if you don’t want to take our word for it, just check out what some of its customers have to say:

What you should take our word on, however, is doing it now. Because, again, few of us actually get to forecast our inevitable demise. And those of us who pass on without having passed our things on (in the form of a will) leave behind all sorts of headaches, bureaucratic red-tape and familial in-fighting tied to our finances, debts, guardianship, property, insurance, health care decisions and funeral arrangements.

That means paperwork, court appearances, estate taxes, and the involvement of administrators and their fees —which as a result leaves your heirs with considerably less value than if you just had created that will yourself. So to review: time, expense, court and possibly ruining all future holidays traditionally spent as an extended family—hey, there’s a legacy!

We go online to book our travel, do our banking, file our taxes. And now we can do the same to
create a will that is going to eliminate headaches, hysteria and financial hijinks for the people we most love. So why don’t we? According to a Caring.com survey released just last year, nearly half (47 percent) of survey respondents who lack estate documents declared: “I just haven’t gotten around to it.”

Folks, get around to it. For the sake of your spouse, your business partners, your kids, your grandkids. Go to willing.com to get started. The recycling bin is still going to be there in the morning.