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Have your parents finalized their estate plan?

On Behalf of | Mar 14, 2024 | Estate Planning

While it might seem uncomfortable to bring up, initiating a dialogue about your parents’ wishes for their assets and healthcare can help ensure a smoother and less stressful process for everyone involved when the time comes.

Estate planning encompasses more than just a will. It’s a comprehensive strategy that helps ensure your parents’ wishes are known and respected regarding their:

  • Assets: This includes outlining how their belongings, property and financial accounts will be distributed after they pass away.
  • Healthcare: A living will can allow your parents to express their preferences for medical care in situations where they cannot communicate.
  • Decision-making: A power of attorney can designate a trusted individual to manage your parents’ financial and legal affairs if they become incapacitated.

By planning ahead, your parents can help avoid unnecessary probate court proceedings, minimize family conflict and better ensure that their legacy is carried out according to their desires.

Starting the conversation

Talking about estate planning can feel daunting, but remember, it’s a conversation, not a confrontation. To initiate a productive dialogue, pick a moment when your parents are relaxed and receptive. Avoid pressuring them during times of stress or illness.

Once you have your parents’ attention, try to ensure your main focus is open communication. You can frame the conversation as an opportunity to acknowledge their wishes are understood and honored. Essentially, you should let your parents know you’re there to help them navigate the process.

Estate planning isn’t about goodbyes but rather about helping to ensure your parents’ wishes and your family’s well-being. By initiating this conversation and connecting your parents with a reliable legal team, you can create a clearer path forward and navigate the inevitable with greater peace of mind.