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Estate planning is an important but difficult conversation

Many people don't do proper estate planning. Those that draft paperwork about how they would like assets to be distributed, or how they would like their family to handle their end-of-life care, might not talk to their family about their decisions. A recent news story highlights the discussion that one family had with their elderly relative.

Three generations of the family gathered on their grandfather's 85th birthday. They decided that although this was supposed to be a celebration, it was an important time to discuss their grandfather's wishes while they were all in the same place. Even though he may have plans in writing, it is important to have an in person discussion to reassure family that they are okay to implement the plan if needed.

The family in this case discussed not only issues that might need to be addressed after he passes away, but also what to do in the event that the grandfather could no longer care for himself. They discovered that they were more comfortable being able to execute their family member's last wishes after hearing it from him directly. In addition to discussing these issues with family members, it is important that people have solid legal documents in place to prevent anyone contesting a person's wishes.

An experienced estate planning attorney can help a person and their family plan their estates as well as draft living will documents that can instruct the family on what to do if the person is unable to care for themselves.

Source: ABC News, "Three Generations Gather for End-of-Life Conversation," Maggy Patrick, Oct. 9, 2012

-Estate planning is an important discussion to have with family. To learn more, please visit our estate planning website.

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