It can be hard to think about your health going downhill or your eventual death, but it’s essential to do so in order to put together an estate plan. Your end-of-life needs and wishes can be met, but you need to establish what they are and make sure that others are going to need to abide by them.
Estate planning doesn’t have to be sad or make you feel bad about what you’re doing. Instead, think of it as an opportunity to tell people how you feel, what you need and want and how you’d like to be remembered. Think of it as a way to make sure you’ll be cared for if you’re unable to care for yourself. It’s also a good way to make sure you don’t leave your estate behind without directions, and it’s how you can guarantee that your dependents will have guardians to care for them.
Many people start their estate plans after they’ve gotten a terrible diagnosis or been involved in a serious incident that showed them how important end-of-life planning actually may be. You don’t have to wait that long, and you probably shouldn’t. Planning early can give you the peace of mind of knowing that all your estate-related issues are handled and your family has some security in the event of your death. You won’t have to worry about a thing, and you can allow your estate plan to handle everything from making sure you get the right end-of-life care to guaranteeing that your pet goes to the appropriate guardian. Our website has more on why estate planning is so important.