At its core, estate planning is about love. The purpose of estate planning is to maintain your control over your property while you are alive, take care of you and your loved ones in the event of incapacity, and pass your property to whom you want, when you want, and how you want. Fulfilling these purposes allows you to continue to express your love for others and to take care of them after you are no longer able to do so yourself.
Because estate planning so drastically affects those closest to you, it is imperative for you work with an estate planning attorney who takes the time to get to know you, your goals, concerns, and vision, who will listen to you and counsel with you to develop a comprehensive estate plan that is focused on you. Lastly, you want to work with an estate planning attorney who wants to continue to work with you and develop a relationship with you through the years, not an attorney who will never communicate with you after you establish your plan.
Who should have an estate plan?
Too many people think that an estate plan is only for the wealthy, but in reality, estate planning is for every husband, wife, mother, father, grandparent, business owner, or anyone else who has someone they care about, are concerned about providing for, or who seeks to make a difference in the lives of others after they are gone. Estate planning is not “death planning;” it is “life planning,” “family planning,” and “planning with love.” It is an essential and uplifting process that can strengthen family bonds even through the most difficult of times.
Legacy Planning and Purposeful Planning
Estate planning, while about love, does not always encapsulate your life story and family dynamic. To learn more about how values-centered planning can benefit you and your loved ones, visit our Legacy Planning and Purposeful Planning pages.
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