Most people put off creating an end-of-life plan because it’s uncomfortable to think about your own morbidity. But it can be even more uncomfortable for your heirs to be struggling to make these decisions on your behalf, or worse, going through court arguing with other family members about who has the right to make those decisions.
Talking about end-of-life planning with an elder law attorney can help you to answer these important questions so you don’t put your loved ones in that situation. This can also empower you to take charge of your own future so that you know that if something happens to you, there is a plan in place.
End-of-life planning involves many different concepts associated with your end-of-life care preferences and your estate plan. Some of the checklist items to consider in your end-of-life plan include:
- Create end-of-life planning documents, such as whether or not you have specific wishes about the medical care you do and don’t want.
- Decide if a will, a trust or a combination of both is appropriate for your estate plan.
- Create a list of all of your assets as well as all of your debts. Make it easier for your executor or personal representative to find this information when you pass away.
- Determine if you have preferences about your end-of-life housing plans, such as whether or not loved ones with financial power of attorney should use your assets to support in-home nursing care rather than a nursing home.
- Write down details about any funeral or burial arrangements especially if they have been prepaid.
- Pre-write your obituary or death notice.
For more information about the estate planning process and how to make it easier consult with an certified elder law attorney today.