Everyone should have a will. It makes the burden of death easier on a loved one. That goes double for writers, and all creatives. Without one, royalties for our creations are in jeopardy.
I encountered this old 2006 post from Author Neil Gaiman which talks about the importance of having a will. Would you want everything you’ve worked for all your life given to the government for them to do as they see fit? No. Set up a will. Mr. Gaiman has graciously offered a simple sample will for anyone to use.
It’s a strange thing, planning for things after you are dead. But as with all things, the more you do it or think about it, the easier it gets. Embrace the will. Your loved ones will thank you.
(If the link above breaks for whatever reason, please let me know. I’ll post the actual sample will.)