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There is no set time when a person should create a will. It is not required to hold employment, buy a home, sell real estate or do anything else in life. Creating a will is optional. Despite this, it’s one of the most important documents you could have in your name. If you do have a will, it is time to take a look at updating it. So, why should you update your will later in life?

One of the most important reasons why you should update your will later in life is when you have grandchildren. You very well could have a specific item or asset in your mind that you want to leave you a grandchild. Make sure this wish is reflected by updating your will. You might have to update your will multiple times depending on how many grandchildren you have.

Another reason to update your will later in life is to make sure your health care wishes are defined correctly. If you created the will 30 years ago, you might have different views on how you want to be cared for should you become incapacitated.

More and more couples are getting divorced after the age of 50, which has come to be known as the gray divorce. If you wind up getting divorced later in life, you need to update your will immediately, so the beneficiary can be changed. The same can be said if you decide to remarry late in life.

You might come into some money late in life from the loss of a loved one. Make sure this newfound asset is included in your will.

Updating your will at various times throughout your life is important to ensuring your family is protected upon your death. Make sure you update your will as you get into the later stages of your life, so all of your wishes are clearly defined.