No one likes to talk about death, even though we all know it is inevitable. The tough question that follows the necessary discussion includes what do you want to happen when you are no longer alive. Who will raise your children and what will happen to your assets. If you procrastinate and do not make your own plan, the courts or someone else will make these decisions for you.
Perhaps the biggest reason to have an estate plan is to decide who will raise and care for your children if you and your spouse should both pass away. An experienced estate attorney who is knowledgeable about guardian ship laws in your state can help you make a plan, as noted in Houston (MO) Herald’s recently published article, “Establish an estate plan before death comes knocking.”
It is easy to put off these tough decisions by thinking we have plenty of time, but the truth is that we really don’t know how much time we’re going to have.
It’s also easy for disagreements and misunderstandings to occur when someone passes away, particularly when the ownership of assets isn’t clear. A professionally drafted will and other estate planning documents can eliminate much of this stress and heartache. The cost of settling an estate may be high, but it’s even higher if an estate plan isn’t in place.
If you make a plan, let your family know about it and get it in writing. If you do this, you can help avoid a lot of stress and misunderstandings.
The main enemy of estate planning is procrastination. Start working on your plan right now!
An easy first step is to attend one of our free Estate Planning Workshops. Attendees are then invited to schedule a complimentary one-on-one hour with Attorney Thomas Hackett where he can guide you on identifying your estate and discuss best strategies for your estate plan. Please contact us at 360-975-7770 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up and learn more!
Reference: Houston (MO) Herald (October 10, 2015) “Establish an estate plan before death comes knocking”