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Is it important to discuss estate planning with the family?

On Behalf of | Oct 9, 2020 | Estate Planning |

When people here in Nashville and elsewhere decide to document their wishes with regard to what will happen after they pass away, they will have numerous decisions to make. They will need to balance providing for each loved one with what they and their loved ones expect or desire. In order to clear up any confusion, it may be a good idea to discuss estate planning with their family members prior to moving forward.

In order to help stop any conflicts that could arise after death before they have a chance to begin, it may be a good idea to have this admittedly difficult conversation. The more loved ones know about the intentions of the person creating the estate plan, the less likely they will have any suspicions or complaints when the time comes. Otherwise, some people may make decisions based on what they think the person would have wanted instead of knowing what they wanted.

The problem is starting this conversation since most people do not want to discuss money or death. It may help to make their intentions clear to their loved ones and the benefits of having this talk. It could help to carefully choose when and where to begin the conversation.

It is one thing to decide to have this conversation with loved ones but knowing what to say is a whole other matter. When it comes to estate planning, there are a myriad of options, and knowing which ones will fulfill an individual’s wishes will take some time, and most likely, assistance. Discussing the situation with a Nashville estate planning attorney may be a good place to start.