Forgot about Valentine’s Day? It’s not too late. Make an appointment with an AlerStallings attorney to discuss an estate plan. Seriously. Sure, it’s not dinner and roses, but a good estate plan is one of the most thoughtful gifts you can give your sweetheart. Your gift won’t avoid future heartache, but it will help avoid future headaches, confusion and frustration for your loved one.
Who would make your medical decisions if you are too ill? What about your financial decisions? If you don’t have a plan, your sweetheart may have to go to court just to be allowed to make those decisions. That’s why you must plan ahead. With the illness and passing of a loved one, decisions must be made when the decision maker is in a highly emotional state. If everyone doesn’t agree, relationships suffer. Without proper planning, assets must be probated when you pass, which creates delays. The probate court doesn’t have or need guidance to distribute your assets: there are laws in place that have made that decision for you, but the law may not reflect your wishes. These are situations that you likely wouldn’t wish on anyone, but could be imposing on those you love the most.
Recently, I gave some advice to a newlywed couple: never stop doing things that tell your partner you love them and you’re always thinking about them. What says “I love you” more than taking time to ensure that while you may be gone, your partner isn’t totally alone? An estate plan can send the strong message that your love extends beyond this life.
It’s not heart-shaped candies, but an estate plan is not as uncommon a gift as you may think. We see them given as gifts for special occasions all the time. Estate planning can provide both of you with the peace of mind that, while we can’t predict the future, we can have some control over what happens.
Schedule an appointment today, and get started with planning for your loved ones.