Plan For The Future With Confidence

Plan For The Future With Confidence

What end-of-life preparations to include in your estate plan

On Behalf of | Apr 16, 2024 | Elder Law, Estate planning

When making an estate plan, it could be easy to determine what to include, such as real estate properties and financial accounts usually left behind after death. There are typical or go-to estate planning options to accommodate these parts of the estate, allowing individuals to prepare financially using legally sound arrangements. However, other components of a person’s life may not qualify for these tools but still require preparation.

Fortunately, there can be various ways to incorporate optional or unique end-of-life arrangements based on the circumstances. Depending on your needs, these strategies could include the following:

  • Establishing instructions concerning your assets that exist digitally, documenting log-in and other details necessary to access them
  • Filling out and preparing paperwork for health-related preparations, such as having a do-not-resuscitate document and other relevant options
  • Specifying details surrounding living arrangements when you become ill, disabled or incapacitated, such as long-term care options, preferred facilities and a power of attorney if necessary
  • Planning for pets you may leave behind, such as creating a pet trust or providing care-related instructions

If you have other complex assets and belongings, such as family heirlooms or antiques, you can also consider them in your plan. Doing so can help your surviving family members decide what to do according to your wishes and preferences.

Customizing estate plans appropriately

An estate plan can only be as effective as how you prepared it. Other assets can hold sentimental value, making them priceless for you and your surviving family. There are tools and arrangements to address these requirements, often needing legal guidance to help customize the estate plan and keep it legally enforceable over time. Taking these measures may seem tedious, but they could be crucial in helping your surviving family members fulfill your wishes.