Medical emergencies can occur when you least expect it. Although it can be difficult to talk to your family members about things like estate planning, organ donation, and living wills, discussing these issues now can reduce the emotional strain of an unexpected event in the future.
When you are together with your family over the summer, you can conduct this conversation alone with your family members or with the assistance of an estate attorney, depending on your family dynamics. However, before you initiate this conversation, make sure that you are probably prepared. Get all of the necessary estate planning or legal documents in place beforehand, so there is not any room for misinterpretation about what you want.
Before you get the conversation started, you may also want to practice what you are going to say and come up with answers to anticipated questions. If it helps, you may want to write this information down.
Even if talking about your plans for the future is not exactly a fun thing to do, keep in mind that the main purpose of this conversation is to let your family members know that you need their help following through on your specific wishes. If the conversation becomes too dramatic, do not be afraid to let your family members know that you will not continue the discussion unless these issues can be approached rationally and respectfully.
Most importantly, keep in mind that talking about things like estate planning is an ongoing process. Although having an estate plan in place or a living will set up can seem final, many things can change before you actually need to implement the provisions in these legal documents. Contact us at BlueRock Wealth Management, Inc. if you’d like to learn more.