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A great way to personalize your will is to videotape it. This will allow you to insert stories and more emotional intentions when talking about the distribution of assets from your will.

Rather than having an independent third party or a member of the family do it, this allows you to fill the process with more care.

It might be akin to mom at the table divvying up the food to everyone on a holiday or special occasion. You allow yourself to be seen and heard much like you when you were alive.

It should give more emotional and moral impact to any controversial decisions in your will as well.


The only issue with videotaping your will is that the complexities of the legal system need to be covered. This means you might need to impart a more legal tone on the proceedings.

Such a manner may reduce the emotional impact. So it is up to you to learn what legal conditions are necessary and simplify it before going on the air.

Otherwise, the distribution you provide on tape might be challenged later on the grounds that you were not specific enough or that you did not follow all the necessary rules of a legal will.

But if you do really care about your heirs, this might seem like the best way to show your respect and love for them. Even if it takes more time and effort.

The technical aspects of doing this are now much easier than they used to be so more people can consider doing this. You can probably even videotape yourself with your phone.

Not that this would be suggested, but simply to point out that the quality of video on your phone is probably better than that of your average video camera only a few years ago.

This makes it likely that the videotaping of wills should become a more popular method in the future. But keep in mind this will not eliminate the use of paper. Rules of wills are written on paper and not on videotape. At least so far this is still true!


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