“I can’t believe she’s gone.”
“I know. Seemed like she’d always be there, baking cakes, making quilts and kissing the boo-boos better. I’m not going to be the same without her.”
“How will you manage? Wasn’t she the one to take care of the bills, do the banking, and arrange for things to get done?”
“I don’t know. I thought she told me she was going to write things down for me when she started getting sick. I never saw anything, though. I don’t know what to do.”
Have you heard or been party to a conversation like this? Whether it’s a parent, grandparent, other family member or friend, at some point we all will know someone who will have to endure a similar exchange. What can you do to change the outcome when it’s your turn?
Here are four very important steps to take to begin your estate plan:
- Make a will
Ensure your assets are properly disbursed (in a clear and lawful disposition) in accordance with your wishes.
- Make a living will
Ease the minds of loved ones by creating a record of what should be done if you ever become physically incapacitated or mentally unable to respond to others appropriately.
- Complete a power of attorney
Authorize a trusted person to assume a power of attorney to act in your stead should you become unable to make routine and regular decisions about your daily existence.
- Leave instructions
Create a list of every important account, where each is located, how to identify it and any User IDs and passwords associated with such accounts.
One of the most difficult parts of our life is accepting and planning for the end of our lives. The fiction we tell ourselves in order to keep moving forward is we will live one more day than we actually do. No matter how long we live, it is essential we make that transition as smooth and worry-free as possible for those who remain.
At The APEX Law Firm, we will guide you through the Connecticut estate planning process and help you think ahead. Call for a free, no obligation consultation. Contact us at (860) 900-0900 in Hartford County to speak with an experienced Connecticut End of Life Planning attorney today. Or use our convenient online contact form.