Posted 09 January 2014 - 01:12 PM
It is something you seriously should think about... I had to deal with this last year when my brother passed away suddenly. He was 34 at the time and other than pain issues from a broken hip he got in the Marines, didn't have any other known health issues. He didn't have a will of any sort. In reality he had very few monitory possessions so it wasn't the biggest deal on Earth, but any thing you do at that time is a stressful event and really not something you'd want to see a loved one go thru.
I few years ago I had picked up an '02 VW GTI to run as a beater car to keep mileage off my brand new cars. Not too long after, my brother's F150 started giving him problems, so I just gave him the GTI. I then used the F150 as a trade in to get another new car. After he died, the GTI kind of by default went back to me. It's not that it's a beater car by any means, it's just that nobody in my immediate family (or anyone I would want to give a car to) needs a set of wheels... especially being a manual trans. For the first few months I drove it a lot, but now it sits in my garage with a flat tire, dead battery (just from not being ran) and it probably has enough gas in it to get it halfway to the gas station.
Now I'm in a position where I'm really torn at what to do about it. I obviously have a lot of sentimental attachment to the car as it was something important I gave my brother and something he really loved and cared for. But, on the other hand, I really have no use for it. I hardly drive my RX8 as it is... that's really a garage queen that only gets brought out when it's a perfect day out. I only put about 2,000 miles on it last year as it is now. They both just chill in the garage while my actual daily driver sits outside. I'd like to reclaim that garage spot but I can't bring myself to sell the car.
Kinda long to read, but that's something to think about too, if you're really gonna be serious about it. Gifting some of your crap (no matter what it means to you) to someone may be in theory a great idea, but sometimes there is a bit of a burden or hassle that may come with it. Especially with an item as large as a car.
FWIW, we had my brother cremated (that is one wish of his we knew about, something we've all talked about when my parents set up their will). I too want to be cremated. As for what happens to my stuff, I'm of the mentality that I'll be dead, so I really won't give a damn, anyway. It's highly doubtful about me having kids unless whomever I'm with is just deadset on having them. Otherwise, my partner or whatever close relatives can pick any of my stuff that they want... and then they're more than welcome to sell/donate/burn whatever is left. Money from my life insurance policy and my retirement (yeah, like there is anything left in that...) is set up a lot more structured, but follows the same path of partner/parents, and then certain family members.
'02 VW GTi
'04 Mazda RX8 Grand Touring