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July 21, 1962

Physician s Guide to Wills, Trusts, and Estates

Author Affiliations

Director, AMA Law Department.

JAMA. 1962;181(3):217-241. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050290039008

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Almost every physician intends to make a will before he dies. Yet, it is a common occurrence for physicians to die without a will. Perhaps this neglect is due to inertia or an aversion to deal with matters which contemplates one's own demise. Ironically, this procrastination is shared with members of the legal profession. Lawyers who have spent a lifetime drawing wills for their clients often die without having drawn their own will.

This guide can help you to minimize the taxes that may be due at your death and to understand the important aspects of a will so that you can plan more wisely for your family's future security.