No one wants to think about what happens after they die. Unfortunately, it’s a fact of life – and a lack of preparation and planning for that eventuality could cause serious problems for family members and executors. Putting your affairs in order before you pass away can help your loved ones navigate a difficult process, especially at a time when they are dealing with grief and other issues.
Creating a list of practical items that need to be addressed after your death, how they should be addressed, and who should address them is an important step when creating your estate plan. These practical items and issues are not necessarily covered in a basic estate plan, so it’s a good idea to consult with an elder law attorney to determine what should be covered in your specific situation. Below is a list of things you should consider when putting your affairs in order:
- Determine what type of funeral or memorial service you would like. This can ease the burden of family members by having plans already drawn up, and give them peace of mind by knowing that your wishes are being carried out.
- Create a list of your assets and property, and update the list regularly. Make sure to divide assets and property by ownership (solely or jointly-owned), and to have the list available to your executor after you’ve passed away.
- Let someone know where your paperwork is before it’s needed. There are many situations where family members cannot find Wills, life insurance policies, safe deposit box keys, stock and bond certificates, or other vital information. This makes it extremely difficult to carry out executor duties once you’ve passed away.
- Create a list of accounts and passwords for your digital assets. This will allow your loved ones to access any digital information they need after your passing and transition any social media accounts into memorial pages, if they so desire.
These are just some of the concerns you should address when putting your affairs in order. An elder law attorney can work with you to determine the best way to implement a plan like this, depending on your individual preferences and family situation.
For more information on how to put your affairs in order and make things easier for your loved ones after you pass away, please contact one of our offices to schedule an appointment:
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