Resourceswhere to start
Writing your Will, planning your estate, obtaining all necessary legal documents to ensure your affairs are in order when you pass – it’s all a daunting process. We have compiled a list of resources to help guide you.
Knowing where to begin is sometimes the hardest part. In our Shop you will find a variety of downloadable guides to help you get started with not only your End of Life Arrangements.
In addition to helping organize your End of Life Arrangements, our guides are highly beneficial should an executor/family member/friend need to step in on your behalf for any number of reasons.
Maybe a family emergency takes you out of town unexpectedly, you are hospitilized for an extended period of time, or an injury immobilizes you – our handy guide sheets will act as a quick, easy reference for things like medical information, financial information, pet care, alarm systems, and so much more.
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Frequently Asked Question’s
How much does an annual subscription cost?
Vault Keepers annual subscription is $129, and we provide a lifetime rate lock guarantee. You will never pay more than when you signed up!
What happens if I need to update my Will or other documents?
No problem! Each year at the time of your subscription renewal – you have the opportunity to update your stored documents at no extra charge. If you need to update any documents throughout the year, there will be a $75 fee.
What if my documents get lost in the mail?
Vault Keepers provides you with an overnight, tracked and insured UPS shipping label to dramatically decrease the risk of loss.
In my 5+ years using UPS Overnight Services on a daily basis, none of my packages have ever been lost or late.
Who do I contact to create my Will or other Estate Documents?
The best course of action is always to consult an attorney to ensure you cover all of your bases.
If price is a concern – there are several free/cheap online Will creators that can be located with a quick google search.
Do Estate Planning Laws vary by state?
Yes! This is why it’s always best to consult an attorney when creating your end-of-life documents!
What happens if I die without a Will?
If you die without a valid will, money and other property you own at death will be divided and distributed to others according to your state’s intestate succession laws. These laws divide all property among the relatives who are considered closest to you according to a set formula—and completely exclude friends and charities.
These legal formulas often do not mirror people’s wishes. For example, dividing property according to intestate succession laws is often unsatisfactory if you are married and have no children, because most state laws require your spouse to share your property with your parents. The situation is even worse for unmarried couples. Except in a few states, unmarried partners receive nothing. And even in the states that offer exceptions, benefits aren’t automatic—eligible couples must register their partnerships with the state. Learn more about intestate succession in your state. (*https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/intestate-succession)
Also, if you have minor children, another important reason to make a will is to name a personal guardian to care for them. This is an important concern of most parents, who worry that their children will be left without a caretaker if both parents die. Intestate succession laws do not deal with the issue of who will take care of your children. When you don’t name a guardian in your will, it is left up to the courts and social service agencies to find and appoint a personal guardian.