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Are you hesitant to start estate planning?

Your surviving family may see your estate plan as a direct line of communication with you after your passing. As a result, it would be in your best interests, and the best interests of your family, to make sure that you create a comprehensive plan that fully expresses your wishes. Fortunately, you have many options for creating such a plan.

If you feel hesitant about starting the process, you are not alone. Many people feel that thinking about their eventual demises will seem morbid, but it may also help you to remember that planning can bring a sense of relief in knowing that you have made your wishes known. Additionally, it may comfort you to know that your loved ones will not have to go through the process of settling your estate while wondering what you truly wanted.

Putting it down on paper

One of the most important aspects of estate planning revolves around actually creating your plan. You may have ideas about how you want your final affairs addressed, and you may have even brought up those wishes to family members in passing. However, if you do not create the right documents, the court may not consider your wishes legally binding, and conflict over your true intentions could take place.

Luckily, you can review the various planning tools and find the ones that you feel best suit your needs.

Talking to your family

While estate planning is a personal process, you may want to take the time to discuss your wishes with your family. By having the discussion now, you may have the ability to answer any questions and address any concerns they may have. Hearing your wishes directly from you may also help them come to terms with what you want more easily and reduce the chances of dispute later on.

Additionally, talking to your family can also ensure that they know you have a plan and where they can find important documents. You should keep your will and other relevant documents in a safe place, but your executor or other trusted loved one should have the ability to access them when needed.

Talking to an attorney

While useful, estate planning can also seem overwhelming. You may not know where to start, but by speaking with an attorney, you can easily learn more about your various planning options and what tools may best suit the specific needs of your estate.

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