Planning for our end of life is not always easy for the planner or their family. No one likes to think about getting old or the possibility of losing our ability to care for or make decisions for ourselves. Having the right tools in place can help alleviate the worry of the “what if?” Discussing your wishes and plan with family members can give them clarity and help avoid additional stress and conflict if something happens to you.
We understand family fights are hard and often painful. Today’s situations are aggravated by yesterday’s baggage, leaving us stuck in a rut instead of moving forward. This can be even more challenging for blended families who often have different traditions and expectations for their loved ones. Mediation provides families with a neutral facilitator to guide them through a process for productive communication and decision making.
- Identify values and priorities
- Determine what must happen, what can’t happen
- Find available resources — people and finances
- Formalize the plan
- Develop the process for resolving future issues
Our wishes don’t have to be complicated, but they do need to be written down. If you aren’t able to make decisions for yourself or manage your affairs, who will? Our flat fee will packages include the following documents.
Wills & Trusts: These are basic tools that allow you to have a say on issues that are important to you after you die. Who will take care of your minor children? How will they be provided for? What will happen to any property you own? Who do you want to ensure your wishes are carried through? If you don’t express your wishes the court will have to make these decisions.
Powers of Attorney: There are two types of powers of attorney, financial and health care. These allow someone else to make decisions regarding your health care or manage your finances if your are unable to.
Advanced Directive (Living Wills): An advanced directive allows you to explain what care you do or do not want as you near the end of life. It also allows you to name who you want to make these decisions. The end of life can be very stressful for families and loved ones and having your final wishes in writing can bring comfort and help avoid conflict.