ARAG Offers Free Estate Planning Guidebook

May 14, 2014, 08:00 ET from ARAG

DES MOINES, Iowa, May 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly two-thirds of Americans don't have a Will, according to the newest research provided by ARAG®, a leader in legal insurance.1 Among those without a Will, nearly 50 percent felt "it wasn't important" – either because they had no children, didn't have a lot of money, or believed it was enough to simply tell friends and family their final wishes.1

ARAG believes estate planning is important for every citizen, so today ARAG is offering free download of its estate planning guidebook, "Building Your Legacy." (Click on guidebook title to download). This high-level guide explains what documents are available, what they do and how they work. In addition to covering the basics on Wills, the guide explains important healthcare documents like a Living Will and Healthcare Power of Attorney.

"Contrary to what most people believe, it's actually just as important for people without children or a large bank account to have a Will, as well as advance directives, like a Living Will," says David Murray, President and CEO of ARAG. "When you have a Will, your property goes where you say it will go. Without one, assets will be distributed according to state laws. The amount invested in creating a Will is minimal compared to what you may give up by having the state decide for you."

This free offer coincides with the third annual ARAG Free Will Day in Des Moines, IA. Today ARAG and local volunteer attorneys are proud to offer free estate planning services including a Simple Will, Living Will and Power of Attorney documents (healthcare and financial) to Des Moines residents.

1 "Perspectives on Wills," conducted by ARAG, April 2013

About ARAG:

ARAG ® ( is a leader in legal insurance. It provides people with affordable and reliable legal counsel for everyday life matters. The company has an international premium base of nearly $2 billion and protects 15.5 million individuals and their families – worldwide. We give you the freedom and control to embrace life's opportunities.

ARAG's North American headquarters are based in Des Moines, Iowa. We've earned the prestigious Center of Excellence Award for seven consecutive years (2007-2013) and have been awarded a Top 100 and Top 20 Call Center (2010-2011). ARAG team members voted ARAG a Best Places to Work in Insurance (2009-2013).

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