Preppers Last Wishes

What Are Preppers Last Wishes?

Today I’m going to talk you through an area of personal preparedness that many people may have failed to take care of. This is an area of prepping that might not have crossed your mind before but none the less is one you should consider. This is the matter of making your last will and testament (Your Will) or to put it another way your preppers last wishes.

Making a will is a legal mechanism for ensuring that your wishes are carried out should you pass away. It’s about ensuring that your family and loved ones are taken care should you die. In the remainder of this article, we will look at some of the reasons why this may not have crossed your mind and the benefits of making a will.

Reasons Preppers May Not Have Made A Will

There are a number of reasons why people put off making their will, here are some of the more common ones:

  • In the event of a catastrophe, they feel there would be nothing left to leave.
  • They have simply forgotten.
  • They feel they have nothing of value to leave.
  • Indifference they think someone else will take care of it when they’re gone.
  • Dislike of paperwork.
  • Believe that everything automatically goes to spouse or partner.
  • Reluctance to contemplate their Own Deaths

Why All People Including Preppers Should Make A Will

Making a last will and testament is important in order to ensure your loved ones and family are provided for when you pass away. When a person you love passes away this is naturally going to be a time of emotional upset and often a stressful situation. As a prepper, husband, and father, In my opinion, everyone should make a will. why wouldn’t we want to ensure that we have a will in place to make it easier for our family to deal with things at a time of additional emotional stress.

It doesn’t matter whether you are a prepper or not, none of us have a crystal ball with regard to when our time is up. In the section above I listed some of the reasons people put off making a will. Now its time to look at these reasons or dare I say excuses in more detail. Below I will revisit these reasons once more and explain why these reasons are not really valid reasons for failing or avoiding putting your affairs in order.

Reasons Preppers May Not Have Made A Will (revisited)

In the event of a catastrophe, they feel there would be nothing left to leave

It’s true that one of the areas we prepare for is the absolute worst case scenario. A doomsday event of catastrophic proportions that could end the world as we know it. This scenario may or may not happen in our lifetimes so you can’t just take this one scenario into consideration. Instead, you should also consider the other possible outcomes of life that could result in your passing. Plan also for these situations by making a will to provide for your family.

They have simply forgotten

We all have very busy lives and it is easy to forget things or put them to the back of our minds. This is one of the reasons for me writing this article. My advice is right now write on a post-it note or piece of paper that you need to do make a will. Leave this note in a prominent position like your fridge, desktop, memo board, diary or anywhere that will ensure you will keep seeing this reminder until you do it. My gran used to say “why put off until tomorrow what you can do today”, so bear this in mind.

They feel they have nothing of value to leave

Making a will is not just about financial wealth, it covers areas such as choosing parental guardians for your children, It takes care of personal possessions (like preps). It provides for any future inheritances you may receive in your lifetime. It informs your loved ones of what you want to happen to you when you pass away and more.

Indifference they think someone else will take care of it when they’re gone

No doubt somebody would have to deal with your affairs if you pass away without making a will. Ask yourself this questions though. Do you really want to leave this world in the knowledge that you have left your loved ones in an emotional and financial pickle? Its far more responsible for us to deal with this stuff while we are alive so they can remember the good times and not the stress of sorting your affairs.

Dislike of paperwork

Making a will is not as complicated as you think and if your circumstances and wishes are straightforward there are will templates available so you can do it yourself. Although seeking out a professional who offers an initial free consultation may be beneficial.

Believe that everything automatically goes to spouse or partner

Depending on the country in which you reside this may be the case. But what if god forbid you and your spouse or partner are in an accident and die together. They won’t be around to benefit and you would have made no provision for your children or loved ones.

Reluctance to contemplate their Own Deaths

No one likes to dwell on their own mortality. After all when the sun is shining all is well and there are more cheery subjects to think about than wills. The truth is it doesn’t take long to get one sorted and once completed you don’t have to think about it again. Unless there,s a major change in your circumstances.

Preppers Last Wishes – Why A Will Is Prepper Relevant

As preppers, our goal is to be as prepared as we can for any emergency, survival and disaster scenarios. We store food and supplies. We have an emergency kit, plan escape routes we have bug out locations and self-defense mechanisms in place. But we don’t have a crystal ball so try to plan for all situations that may or may not happen. The one thing we all know will happen to us at some point is our death so making a will as a prepper is a checkbox task.

Think about it like this, aside from all the other benefits of making a will. If none of these have persuaded you thus far. Have you considered what would happen to all your hard-earned and researched preps should you pass away. Wouldn’t you want them to go to the people you were trying to protect from the outset?

Preppers Last Wishes Summary

The legal requirements and wording of your last will and testament will vary depending on your country of residence. Although in most cases there is a lot of similarity in some of the legal wording used. For example terms like executor and beneficiary. It’s important to check the relevant laws and rules that apply to the country in which your assets are held. Sometimes this can require you to have more than one will. Prepper or a non-prepper it’s just as important to put your own and the mind of your loved ones at rest that your affairs are in order should you pass away.

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Recommended Reading

Memorandum Of Preppers Wishes

10 Steps to Writing a Will

3 thoughts on “Preppers Last Wishes – A Prep That Never Crossed Your Mind”

  1. A great place to start is I subscribed, had all the forms I thought I’d ever need filled in, printed out duplicate copies, and a few triplicate copies, then unsubscribed. ALL paperwork done, signed, witnessed, and notarized, handed out to those who would carry out the directives along with the key to my safe where all the other vital records are kept. After my grandmother’s death (a will), my parents’ deaths (no will), and several unexpected deaths of friends with no health care directive, I didn’t ever want my children and their spouses having to make difficult decisions during the most difficult time. This will alleviate any form of guilt, and help them through the process much more quickly. A friend’s mother remained in a horrible state 2 weeks after the doctors told him she should be let go Because he just couldn’t do it. The guilt was eating him up. IF she’d had the signed papers beforehand her family wouldn’t have been in such agony.

  2. You raise an important point. A lot of people don’t know (or realize) that when someone dies ‘intestate’ (meaning: no legal will), the state (probate court) divvies up your stuff. They might well decide that all your stuff goes to your spouse, or, as you cited as an example, if both spouses die, that each child gets an equal portion. But, probate takes months — if not over a year — to get resolved. There’s nothing a surviving spouse can do, let alone the kids. Do you really want the state — some random judge — deciding w hat happens to you stuff? Having a legal will bypasses probate.

    Prepper dynasty?

    Sadly, most children of a prepper and not into prepping. Most of what the prepper worked hard to set up for preps will be sold off (so they can split the money) or thrown away (“ewww, how old is this food anyway?”) I’m well blessed that my son has “discovered” prepping too, so there’s comfort in knowing that at least HE will see the value in some of prepper stuff. When I’m gone, my preps will become his preps. Someone stayed prepared.

    It’s not fast, or easy, but getting at least one of your children into prepping will help ensure that once you’re gone, your preps will still be preps — and not just landfill.

    — Mic

    1. Hi Mic, Thanks for taking time to provide some feedback. I second your comments regarding “Prepper Dynasty” (That’s a Great term) and I agree getting our children into prepping is important. Even if they don’t realize it yet. Its only just recently that my eldest children have turned round and said to me “you know dad with all the disasters on the news at the moment you could be right about this prepping stuff”. I’m also guilty of regularly saying to my family “don’t let my preps go to waste if I pass away” in the hope I can drum it in to them 🙂

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