COVID-19 has prompted many to contemplate important topics such as end-of-life decisions and estate planning. By making these choices and preparations in advance, families can ensure that they are carrying out the wishes of their loved ones and also prevent some of the difficulties that are often faced in these circumstances. The resources below touch on some basic questions regarding estate planning and the many benefits to creating a plan.
This resource expounds on some of the benefits of creating an estate plan and touches on some important issues to consider when beginning the estate planning process.
The expertise of an attorney can ensure that an estate plan is drafted and executed according to your wishes. State laws vary, and unexpected issues can sometimes arise if a “do it yourself” approach is taken in drafting a will or other key documents. Ultimately, an estate plan can serve as a roadmap for families confronting difficult end-of-life decisions or the division of assets. Advance preparation can help to ease mental and emotional burdens as uncertainties and guesswork are replaced with clear directives and plans.
Just as divorce is a life-altering event for adults, it can be a difficult and confusing time for children as well. Adjustments such as moving, changing routines, and trying to make sense of the process can lead to a mix of emotions and reactions. As you try to help your children navigate through this challenging event, it may be helpful to utilize some of the resources below.
This link offers some general guidance for breaking the news to children and helping them to cope with and process emotions. It also provides tips for creating consistency for your child(ren) and ideas for helping them adjust to a new living arrangement.
This resource also shares ideas for breaking the news of a divorce to children and breaks down possible reactions by age group. It shares additional ideas about how to help children adjust, such as working with your child’s school and maintaining contact with extended family.
This link is part of a larger resource designed for families that are experiencing separation and divorce. Activities such as drawing pictures, exercising, and writing stories with your child(ren) can help to nourish your relationship and provide positive emotional benefits. The “Related Publications” section on the right side of the page has additional resources from the guide, including age-specific tips and ideas for healthy communication.
This resource from Sesame Street includes videos, printables, activities, and articles to support children from ages 0-6 as they cope with divorce. At the bottom of the page, there are additional resources for related topics and a link to an app with resources designed for the caregivers of children that are 2-8 years old.
An Estate Plan includes multiple documents that apply to various scenarios. A will describes your wishes for your property. A trust, which can be helpful if you have children or if you wish to avoid probate, is flexible and protective of your loved ones. An advanced health care directive specifies the type of care you wish to receive in case you are unable to articulate those decisions on your own. And a Power of Attorney (POA) let’s you choose someone to make financial decisions if needed.
I can walk you through each document and craft language that respects your wishes. I take my time with each client and charge a flat fee that includes all the questions you may have.
When people think of estate planning, if they think of it, they think about wills and maybe trusts or where one’s property will go at one’s death. Making sure that your property is handled according to your wishes in a way that blesses your loved ones is very important.
However, arguably even more important is your living will. A living will, sometimes called a health care directive, allows you to make medical decisions for when a time comes that you cannot speak for yourself. You can define, with as much detail as you wish, what sort of life-saving efforts should be made on your behalf should the need arise. You can also name a representative who will have authority to make medical decisions on your behalf.
A Living Will is important for you, obviously, because it ensures your wishes are followed. However, a Living Will is even more important for your family and loved ones.
If such a time comes that decisions for you need to be made and you are unable to make them, your loved ones will find peace in knowing that your wishes are being carried out. Without a Living Will, families may disagree, causing tension that is escalated by the grief they are feeling and the enormity of decisions they are being forced to make.
A living will is your gift to them. It lets them know that you considered the situation already, and you made decisions for yourself so that they don’t have to.
Hiring an Estate Planning Attorney to draft a living will for you is an important step that could eventually bring a lot of peace to the ones you love.
Mathews Law can help make your uncontested divorce as seamless as possible by helping you create a marital separation agreement and filing your divorce paperwork. Mathews Law can also help you create an estate plan that will give you peace of mind for life’s eventualities so that your wishes are followed.
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