People come to us with many estate planning questions. While some need basic advice, others require a high level of service. Regardless of your situation, there will likely come a time when you need to discuss estate planning with your loved ones. This isn’t always easy, but it is something you have to do.
If you find yourself in this position, here are several tips that can help you along:
- Know who you are speaking with. In other words, not everybody has the same role in the estate planning process. The information you share with your children, especially those who are under 18, will not be the same as what you discuss with your spouse.
- Prepare your documents in advance. Don’t go into the “estate planning talk” unprepared. Before you sit down with your loved ones, you want to have everything in order. Not only does this make it easier to explain your situation, but it goes a long way in helping everybody understand your feelings and what the future will hold after you pass.
- Make it a positive experience. Nobody wants to talk about estate planning and death, however, it is something that everybody has to tackle at some point. You can make this a positive experience or you can make it a negative experience. The choice is yours, so you might as well do your best to keep everybody in a positive frame of mind. This can go a long way in easing the stress and tension often associated with such a conversation.
If the time has come to discuss estate planning with loved ones, if you don’t know where to start, these tips should be able to help. Furthermore, we are here to provide you with any assistance you require. Don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions or concerns.