Your Estate Plan is a Gift to Your Loved Ones
Happy Valentine’s Day! This month I think about how important estate planning is – not just for ourselves, but for the people we love. This Valentine’s Day, show your loved ones how much you care by creating or updating your estate plan.
I sometimes hear people comment that they don’t care how their property is divided or what happens after they die, because they won’t be here. I understand that feeling – why worry about it now? Once we’re dead, it’s out of our hands anyway. Although this is true – in many ways, an estate plan is not about us, it’s about making things as easy as possible for our loved ones. A properly prepared estate plan gives our loved ones the space and time to grieve when we die, as we’ve taken care of many of the financial burdens in advance.
Estate planning is a gift for our loved ones – and everyone needs an estate plan because everyone has an estate. Preparing for death or an illness is frequently not at the top of anyone’s “to-do” list. But failing to prepare can create a crisis for loved ones during an already emotional and difficult time. An estate plan provides peace of mind by ensuring that our assets and legacy are protected, plans are in place if we become ill, accounts and property pass according to our wishes, and our loved ones avoid a time consuming and expensive probate process.
This Valentine’s Day, show your love by calling a dedicated estate planning attorney to help you and your loved ones prepare or update your estate plan, trust, will or powers of attorney. Contact our St. Louis office at 314-303-3218 if you’d like assistance with developing a comprehensive estate or elder law plan.
** The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely on advertisements. This blog post is for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice.
Written February 13, 2023 by Stephanie Martinez