Gaiman on authors and wills
Interesting piece by Neil Gaiman, inspired by the fact that John Ford didn't have a will.http://www.neilgaiman.com/journal/2006/10/important-and-pass-it-on.html
Neil's point is that writers should care about who gets their intellectual property, even if they don't care about their other assets, and therefore have a will written.
My one quibble is that I really, really wouldn't try drafting your own will, even with a template. I know Gaiman warns against this, particularly for those of you who don't know whether your state accepts holographic wills. But even so, go get yourself a lawyer for drafting a will.
Yeah, going to a lawyer is a pain in the rear and will probably run you about $500 for a standard will and possibly more if you are in a complicated situation. But just as I wouldn't try to fix my own car with the help of the owner's manual and some online resources, because my life depends on it, I didn't do my own will because Aaron's future depends on it.
I will close with the final verse of that old poem by Lord Neaves, the classic toast To the Jolly Testator Who Makes His Own Will
You had better pay toll when you take to the road
Than attempt by a by-way to reach your abode
You had better employ a conveyancer's hand
Than encounter the risk that your will shouldn't stand
From the broad beaten track when the traveler strays
He may land in a bog or be lost in a maze
And the law when defied may avenge itself still
On the man or the woman who make their own will