The Living Will: Your Loved Ones’ Lifeline to Future Peace

Do you truly love and respect your parents, wife, husband, children, siblings?

Then get off your lazy, complacent ass and write a living will, and update it each month as things change. Treat it as you would a pet: water, food, attention, love and respect.

Why bother?

When you pass, and it may be suddenly, you will leave behind a world of pain and confusion and anger. Loved ones must deal with your loss, then reality hits them, a full broadside attack: how to deal with your estate, all that crap you left behind. Money hanging in the air brings out the worst in people, in case you didn’t know. Worse, “relatives” suddenly appear outta the woodwork and demand a piece of your departed ass, usually in cash or coin.

Don’t fret, it get worse:

Probate law and court are one of those murky areas of the law that almost always require the services of an expert attorney. Some states even mandate this, except in extraordinary circumstances.

This is where The Man sticks it to you and those you leave behind. When you die, you are taxed more than ever before cuz you took considerable income away from The Man, and when Caesar wants what is his, he will take it. Taxes are Caesar’s form of revenge for your passing.

Simply learning enough about probate to hire the best attorney for your needs is time-consuming and frustrating enough. Find a loved one who’s cool and analytical. Every family has one, or at least one who fancies himself as a thinker.

You can assuage much of the coming heartache.

Here’s your simple reality: prepare for your death long before you pass into the next realm, so you leave your loved ones with less crap to handle, allowing them to remember you as the cool person you were and to develop new memories without you.

Your living will. Treat it as you would a pet: water, food, attention, love and respect.


Tripsy South is the author of the novel WTF, Dorkus! Schoolin’ My Shrink On Teen Suicide. Trained in physics at a cool surfer university, she lives and plays in Los Angeles where she’s an indie writer/editor and copywriter. Ring her here.