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How your family's fear of death could hinder your estate plan

Have you ever tried to start the conversation about your estate plan with your family only to have them shutdown and change the subject? If you answered yes to this question, you're not alone. A lot of people have an aversion to talking about death and who can blame them? There is a finality to death that can easily leave you or your loved ones with a feeling of discomfort, which is something most people would rather avoid.

Unfortunately, as we have said before on this blog, avoiding the subject of death means we oftentimes let our estate plans fall by the wayside. These important legal documents tell our loved ones what we'd like done with our assets, who we'd like it to go to, and what level of medical treatments we'd like to receive in the event of prolonged illness or incapacitation. Without an estate plan, our loved ones are left guessing, which is also an outcome most people would not want.

Even with the fear of unknown consequences, we understand that jumpstarting a conversation about what to include in your estate plan may be incredibly difficult or even impossible for some families here in Florida. That's why we'd like our Melbourne readers to consider what some might call an "unconventional" approach to estate planning, which is to take matters into your own hands and talk to a professional who will actively engage you in the conversation about death.

An estate planning lawyer, such as those found here at Frese Hansen, would be a good choice because of their experience preparing estate planning documents as well as their knowledge of the law. In the end, once everything is prepared, the conversation about your estate plan with your loved ones may be as simple as handing them your lawyer's business card and telling them to contact your lawyer if they have any questions or concerns. By choosing this route, you can make sure that your estate plan is in order before the unthinkable happens, making things easier for your loved ones down the road.

Source: Forbes, "The Single Most Important -- And Unconventional -- Estate Planning Tip You Will Ever Get," Charles Sizemore, March 19, 2015

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