3 Reasons For Young People To Have a Will

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Thanks for the fast turnaround; our very nice trip to Russia was made better knowing all this was taken care of with your professional expertise…we will keep you in mind in the future…and when we know someone else is looking for estate planning help.

--Steve, Silver Spring, Maryland

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--Elizabeth, Fairfax, Virginia

Thanks again for your help and patience while we dragged our feet.

--Debbie,Potomac, Maryland

Getting a will written, designating a power of attorney - these are all tasks that I knew must be done - but I had been putting them on the back burner. Suzanne made the process simple, quick and painless. Everything was done professionally and in a timely manner. It brings me peace of mind to know that all this is taken care of!

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--Donna, Reston, Virginia

I really appreciated all you did to make this so simple and speedy. You have done a great job incorporating all our various issues. I hope to have opportunities to send other clients your way.

--Caitlin, Laurel, Maryland

Suzanne handled the preparation and filing of all the estate documents for me, my husband, and our daughter. This included our wills, general powers of attorney, medical powers of attorney, and others. Her explanations were always clear and thorough. Suzanne also found a possible problem in the wording on the deed to our house--- and recommended a simple solution. We are so happy to now have everything in good order. Working with Suzanne was a personal and professional pleasure!


Thanks for letting us bring the children!

--Jennifer, Boyds, Maryland

Thanks for making it so easy and coming to our house both times!

--Don, Olney, Maryland

Suzanne is honest and knowledgeable about estate law. She will guide you to what best fits your needs and your financial situation. She is also very family oriented and that means a lot to me.

-- Linda

Thanks a lot for your help!

--Jan, Fairfax, Virginia

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--Cindy, Olney, Maryland

I am a lawyer as well, but my family went to Suzanne several years ago to prepare our wills and related estate documents, and we were extremely pleased with her services. From my professional perspective, she is very intelligent and stays up-to-date on the current laws, and on a more personal note, she is a very warm and caring person.


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--Suzanne, Olney, Maryland

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--Paula, Rockville, Maryland

We worked with Suzanne to develop an advanced directive and will. It was a pleasure working with her -- she was helpful, very well-informed, thoughtful, and understanding of our needs. She was able to lead us through the process with clear instructions and had obviously done her homework before we arrived so that the process was efficient, with minimal back and forth. She has developed a very specific approach to writing advanced directives that reduces ambiguity and provides tremendous reassurance that our wishes will be fulfilled. She dispelled some misconceptions we had about wills and trusts in a respectful, courteous and patient manner, without ever making us feel awkward or uncomfortable. We absolutely trust her judgment and her recommendations which are provided with a commendable balance of professionalism and warmth.


I've been a client of Suzanne's for almost a decade and, with flexibility and compassion, she has worked with me to adapt my plan to meet my expectations. I trust her advice and highly recommend her services.


I had a unique opportunity to observe Suzanne's interactions with a diverse group of colleagues over a year of her participation in Leadership Montgomery and based on that I choose her to prepare my estate plan and to advise me about the process. She is a good listener who is well-respected by her peers for her thoughtful insights and assessments. I decided to retain her to prepare my own estate plan and felt she handled my case with competence and integrity, making the process very comfortable and easy for me.


Suzanne prepared our wills and other estate documents after our child was born. She helped us think through the consequences of the decisions we made, including making sure we had contacted our choices for guardians. We really appreciated her flat-fee based billing too. We knew exactly how much to budget for her service. As a great bonus, with her quarterly newsletter, we get regular updates on relevant legal issues. We have recommended Suzanne many times in the past and will continue to do so. She's a great go-to person.


Suzanne Simpson is the best lawyer I have ever met. She helped me in a most difficult probate case made extremely complex by incompetence of involved parties. She handled the case with efficiency, integrity, know-how and compassion making the best out of a very complicated situation. Due to her knowledge and efficiency my case was resolved in a positive manner. I have not enough words in my vocabulary to express my trust and respect for her ability to successfully finalize a case which other lawyers had deemed to difficult to handle. Kudos for Suzanne Simpson, Esq.!!


Ms. Simpson was our attorney helping us form a will and all the related documents that are important when you have a child -- and even when you don't. What can I say? She has it in all areas. First and foremost, she is an honest person and I always feel she is focused on giving us the best advice. She is highly knowledgeable and continues to go to seminars and keep up with the latest changes in the law -- of which there are many! Her service is impeccable: prompt, calling back ASAP, polite. And in all the while I have known her, she has never made any reference to any client. So I know my own info will be kept private. And her compassion is true, something you need and want when dealing with life and death issues.


Suzanne was easy to work with and very knowledgeable. She explained advantages and disadvantages of optional language and was very helpful in developing our wills, health directives and powers of attorney.

--Wills client

My husband and I were referred by our financial advisor to Simpson Law and from the first phone call to Suzanne Simpson we were handled in a professional manner-she clearly explained all of our options, the laws involved, we made our decisions and within the time frame that we requested. High Marks---we plan on recommending Simpson Law to all of our business partners, family and friends as well.

--Mary Joe

She does what it takes to get the job done. Suzanne is caring and compassionate which is helpful during the estate planning process which can be very emotional in some cases. She is a pleasure to work with and her fees are very reasonable, unlike many other attorneys.


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Why a will is important even before you turn 30

In 2014, Forbes reported that 51% of Americans between the ages of 55 and 64 did not have wills1. The percentage is higher for those below that age range, as 62% of people between 45 and 54 don't have wills, and it gets worse from there.

Wills and estate planning are one of those topics that many young people simply do not think about. For many young Americans, there is a reasonable expectation of a long life, so the idea of preparing wills or estate plans before the age of 30 seems like a waste of time. But there are three great reasons (and I'm sure we can think of many more) why having a will even before the age of 30 is a good idea.

Reason #1: Lay Out End-of-Life Decisions

Say you die suddenly, with no advanced warning or time to make final decisions regarding your end-of-life care. If you have no legal documents containing instructions about final care, then family members may have to guess at what you would have wanted. Final care could include burial or cremation instructions, organ donation, whether you would like to donate your body to science, whether you would like to be on life support or not, etc. These decisions can be documented in a living will, which may also be called an advanced medical directive. With this document in place, your decisions are recorded and your personal representative can use this document to make decisions in your stead if you are unable to do so or make burial decisions after you have passed.

Reason #2: Keep the State From Stepping In

When a person dies intestate, or without a will, then the state steps in to handle the legal affairs. The state will decide to whom your assets are allocated, which is likely to be the closest living family member such as a spouse or child, if you have them, or a parent if you do not. If you had preferred that someone outside your family received some or all of your estate, that would not happen unless you have a will in place. Without a legal will, your estate will also go into probate, which is the court process used to sort out a person's assets.

With a will, your wishes regarding who inherits your assets will be recorded and the executor of the will must then follow what you have laid out in the will. As long as the will has been properly drafted , preferably by a lawyer, then your wishes will be respected.

Reason #3: Keep Family From Arguing Your Wishes

Once a valid will has been drafted, then the executor must follow the instructions as set out within the document. Family members cannot then argue unless they wish to fight the will in court. This means that, for example, if you choose to be cremated but your parents would rather you were buried, the executor or personal representative must follow your cremation wishes as laid out in your will or in another document, called Appointment of Agent to Dispose of Remains. Choosing an executor who is not a family member may also help to keep things civil among the family. Selecting a sibling or child as the executor can lead to arguments among family members if someone feels slighted, whereas a third party as executor can be impartial and remain outside family politics.

People below the age of 30 don't necessarily need to have an estate plan unless there are children, property, or a high volume of assets involved. However, they should certainly have medical and financial powers of attorney in place to protect them should they become disabled, be recovering from an accident, or even be out of town on a business trip. A will can still be a good idea to serve as a record of one's wishes in how to distribute property and an advanced directive can ensure end-of-life decisions.

1 Richard Eisenberg. "Americans' Ostrich Approach to Estate Planning." April 9, 2014. http://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2014/04/09/americans-ostrich-approach-to-estate-planning/.