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Posted on: March 5, 2014

Knowing how to make a Will saves problems later

The Pierce County Aging & Disability Resource Center has scheduled an additional “Writing Your Will” workshop for Tuesday, March 18 at 7 p.m.

The free event will be held at the Jim and Carolyn Milgard Family HOPE Center, 8502 Skansie Avenue in Gig Harbor. The presenter will be elder law attorney Timothy Acker. Space is limited and RSVPs are required in advance by calling (253) 798-8787. Previous sessions have filled quickly.

Wills are one of those topics that people are reluctant to think about. While 60% of adults said they believe everyone should have a will, only 44% said they have one. The reality is that a Will is an essential document for any adult, regardless of age, to create and maintain.

In this information-only workshop, participants will have the chance to learn about Wills from the ground up and ask questions in the process.

Among the issues that will be discussed:

• Who needs a Will and why
• What’s in a Will
• Using online Wills
• When an attorney is needed
• Updating a Will
• Do-it-yourself Wills

“Most people know they ought to have a Will,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources manager. “But it’s hard to find an opportunity to learn about the basics of writing a will in a neutral setting. We are able to offer a forum where people can get good, honest information about Wills, dispel some of the misconceptions and understand the huge benefits to making a Will. We hope people will take advantage of this presentation.”

“Writing Your Will” is sponsored by the Aging & Disability Resource Center. The workshop is free and open to the public. RSVPs are required in advance by calling (253) 798-8787. For more information about the workshop itself, call the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center at (253) 798-4600.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Scott Kinney, Community Connections
253-798-4509
skinney@co.pierce.wa.us

Bob Riler, Community Connections
253-798-7384
briler@co.pierce.wa.us

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