Your spouse files for divorce. As the process moves forward, you start adjusting your estate plan. You want to cut your spouse -- soon to be your ex -- out of it entirely. Can you do that?
Does your child essentially think that your business has to go to them when you're done running it? Are they not just waiting in line but expecting that this is part of their birthright?
If you do not have children -- maybe you just don't have them yet, or maybe you don't plan to have them at all -- it is still important to write a will and do your estate planning. However, this becomes especially important if you do have kids. It raises the stakes.
When faced with the emotional and medical challenges of a special needs child, you might not be able to spare the time to think about their future as an adult. Maybe you needed to take it one day at a time, to carefully hope for a long and happy future for them.
If you have a child with special needs, you may have to care for that child for the rest of their life. You love your child, but that does not mean this isn't taxing and difficult at times. It's a full-time job. It comes with many hurdles you have to overcome. It helps to define your life in ways you never expected.
People often spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to put the family home into their estate plan. Do they just leave it to the kids in equal amounts? Do they sell the house and leave the money to the children? Do they ask the children which kids want it and which ones do not?
Estate planning can be emotional. No one wants to think about their own death, and making plans around your passing can seem morbid.