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Less than half of American adults have a will, and few are reminded by their churches of why this is important

New research showing that 46% of U.S. adults have wills directing the distribution of their estates after death hardly came as a surprise to David King, director of the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving at Indiana University.

“That percentage of Americans sounds about right to me. If anything, I might have imagined it even being a bit lower,” King said of the Gallup survey released June 23.

Nor was it especially hard to believe the data showing that the likelihood of having a will increases with age.

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