Estate planning, as with any other elder law services, is a difficult matter to discuss with your family. It is, however, necessary to plan. A complete estate plan will explain your intentions regarding your assets as well as your long-term care. Preparing your legal documents and discussing your intentions can remove an enormous amount of stress from your family. In the event of an emergency or long-term illness, your loved ones will be able to focus on their time with you. They will know what you want and need, and they will not question your intentions.
An estate plan is a lot more than just a list of your assets and who gets them when you pass away. Even if your needs are relatively simple (i.e. “I want everything to go to my kids”), making sure those wishes will be legally binding can sometimes be more complicated than you might imagine.