Let’s be honest, no one likes thinking or talking about death. It’s just uncomfortable. So, it’s understandable that your mind is telling you that you’re too busy with other things to do your estate planning. Plus, you’ll have to figure out your total assets and how you want to distribute your estate. You figure that there’s always tomorrow, so you’ll just do it then. But life is unpredictable and an estate plan has to be in place before something happens.
Stop Procrastinating on Your Estate Plan with These Strategies
Here are some strategies to help you stop procrastinating when it comes to your estate plan:
- Remember the people you’re doing it for.
What if tomorrow something does happen to you? The courts could end up deciding who takes care of your children. The courts would decide “who gets what” from your estate, and your heirs would have to bear the added expense of probating your estate. During probate, which can take many months, your heirs wouldn’t have access to your funds. Would they have enough money to live on during that time?
- Picture in your mind what will happen to you and your estate without an estate plan.
Estate planning documents your choices for medical care, end-of-life services, and managing your finances in case you become incapacitated. If you suddenly become unable to express your wishes, who would make health care decisions for you or ensure your bills are paid? Your loved ones would have to navigate through a legal mess in order to be able to help you in those ways. And do they even know what decisions you’d want them to make? All the burden would be on them during a very emotional time.
- Get a consultation on your calendar.
Make an appointment with a Massachusetts estate planning attorney for a month or two from today. That will start you thinking about some of the basic decisions you’ll be making: who you want assets to go to, who would be great guardians for your children, who would you want to be in charge of your will (executor) or trust (trustee). Who would be the best health care proxy (someone to make medical decisions for you when you can’t)? Setting the consult date will motivate you to pull together a clear picture of your assets. When you meet with the lawyer, you can tell them what you’re thinking and your estate planning goals, and they can discuss your options.
Contact Our Estate Planning Attorney Today
As a Massachusetts estate planning lawyer, I’ll walk you through the process every step of the way. Just make your free initial consultation, and with that one step you’ll already be over the biggest hurdle. We can meet by video, phone, or in-person. I’ll listen to you so I understand your specific situation, and then we’ll talk about the options that would work best for you. At the end of the consultation, I’ll state a flat-fee amount for doing the documents you want. Then you decide if you’d like to proceed with your estate planning.
Take that first step and call contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617.485.0452 to set up a free, confidential consultation.