It can be extremely challenging to get most people to talk about death. And for good reason — no one wants to think about passing away or losing a loved one. But with that said, more and more people today recognize the importance of planning ahead for these unfortunate times. Wills, Trusts, powers of attorney, etc., are critical documents to have in place sooner rather than later. And here is something else you may want to think about: pre-planning a funeral.
Surprising as this sounds, pre-planning your funeral, including burial directives, plots, etc., offers many advantages:
- Spare loved ones from having to make these decisions after you are gone.
- You can share these details with family members so that everyone is in the know.
- You ensure that your wishes will be followed.
- Financially, you can help alleviate the burden of funeral related expenses, well in advance.
- Select your own funeral home.
- Select your own preferences (cremation, burial, location, etc.).
- Select details for the funeral and memorial service.
It is natural to focus on traditional estate planning to prepare yourself for the legalities of death. But when you leave someone behind — or you are the one left behind — having all the answers can be difficult. This is where getting organized with documents such as a Family Facts Sheet, family binder, a household manual, and even a detailed form that has all of your marital financial affairs can help.
If you add in funeral details and burial directives, you take the guesswork out of seemingly every scenario.
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No one wants to think about dying. They certainly do not want to think about their spouse passing. But it is better to discuss these things together ahead of time and be prepared for when that day comes. Dealing with uncertainty is the last thing you want to worry about when trying to survive after the loss of a spouse.
Having a competent estate planner in your corner will help you and your family navigate these often overwhelming waters. That is our job, and we like to think we do it better than anyone else. Please call Leigh Hilton PLLC so that we can help ensure you and your family are taken care of in the best way possible.
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