Estate Planning 101: Protecting all you love this Make-A-Will Month

LUNGevity Foundation

As LUNGevity seeks to empower patients to be active decision-makers in their treatment
process through our extensive educational resources, online peer-to-peer support, and
in-person survivorship programs, we also want our entire community to be able to make other
critical choices that impact your future. August is National Make-A-Will Month, and it’s the
perfect moment to protect all you love.

In the same way that your support is helping drive advances in lung cancer detection and
treatment, we want you to know that creating your will is an important act of thoughtful planning you
can complete no matter where you are in your life journey.

Nearly ⅔ of Americans do not have an up-to-date will despite it being essential to:

  • Securing your future
  • Protecting the significant people and pets in your life
  • Making critical decisions about the future on your own terms
  • Designating a guardian for any minor children or pets in your care

Estate planning, including making your will, is often assumed to be a complex and
overwhelming process. But we’re partnered with FreeWill: a free online resource that helps
you make or update your legally valid will in about 20 minutes completely for free. FreeWill
can also be used with more complicated estates by creating a list of documented wishes that
can be brought to an attorney, saving you time at the lawyer’s office.

I know this isn’t the kind of message you’re used to seeing, but LUNGevity believes this tool
can help our entire community make decisions on their own terms and safeguard what’s most
important. More than 570,000 individuals across the country have used FreeWill to care for all
that makes their lives special.

It’s important to note that while LUNGevity has partnered with FreeWill to provide you with
legal forms and related educational content, you may want to seek an attorney for specific
needs. These circumstances may include but are not limited to your participation in medical
treatments that may increase the chances of your capacity being challenged or if a beneficiary
in your will has special needs.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Carol Perline at cperline@lungevity.org.
 

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